"From a higher perspective, this is the kind of experimental activity that is taking place all over the world. It's great, because we see these breakthroughs that others will build on. Many will fall by the wayside -- blind alleys that don't go anywhere interesting -- but a few will be found to be extremely useful over time. It's the law of the jungle in technology," Olds added. "There are many experiments. Some are interesting but useless. A very few are interesting and very useful. It's too soon to tell which camp this one will fall into."
In its work to shrink transistors and extend Moore's Law, IBM announced last February that they had hit a major milestone in nanotechnology, figuring out how to measure the amount of force needed to move an atom. Their new measurement capabilities could enable researchers to shrink the size of transistors used in computer chips.
Shrinking transistors cuts power requirements and boosts speed.