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The End of the Silicon Era

Beyond the 45 nm node: entering the nano era

We have reached the opportune moment in the semiconductor-technology industry when we need to get to work now to stay ahead of Moore's Law in the next ten years, said John Kelly, IBM senior vice president and director of research, opening up a recent look-ahead sponsored by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

According to EE Times, Kelly, who is on the board of the SIA, considers 2007 the year of introduction of the nano era, at more than a billion transistors per chip.

We need a healthy industry atmosphere of cooperation and competition among industry, universities and government laboratories in order to find a new computational element as the end of CMOS scaling approaches, said George Scalise, president of the SIA.

Silicon Revolution

Silicon nanocrystals and printed forms of silicon will transform electronics over the next decade with new memory, logic, photovoltaic and optoelectronic products. According to NanoMarkets, the market will reach $2.5 billion in revenue by 2015.

The market researcher states that this new silicon revolution will provide novel ways of scaling semiconductor products beyond the 45 nm node.

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