LONDON Technology transfer and patent license specialist Competitive Technologies, Inc. has signed an exclusive worldwide agreement with Dr Branimir Simic-Glavaski to commercialize his patented molecular information/large-scale memory devices.
The agreement provides for revenue sharing between CTT and Dr Simic-Glavaski of royalty and licensing payments.
Competitive Technologies (Fairfield, Conn.) says the technology portfolio, U.S. Patent Nos. 7,136,212, and 6,937,379 and related foreign patents, enable computers to function at a much greater speed than is currently feasible through existing semiconductor processing methods.
The patents indicate processing speeds can be up to one hundred times better than current conventional mainframe computers, and the processing power can be up to one million times greater than what is currently available.
The so-called Simic devices are claimed to be hugely power efficient when information is manipulated or created, allowing them to generate and carry significantly greater amounts of information.
Suggested applications include systems that require large-quantity processing of data, such as life science applications, financial services systems, communications installations, and aeronautics and military uses.
The technology for the Simic devices allows the observable changes in electrical and optical characteristics caused by electrical and/or optical stimulation or destimulation of electrons of individual molecules. These molecules are adsorbed on a conductor or semi-conductor and are used to carry signals that in turn can be used to carry information.
The ability of the information-carrying changes to be switched, amplified and modulated to alter the functional behavior of the molecular devices allows for its multiple capabilities.
"These devices operate in excess of one million billion FLOPS (Floating point Operations Per Second) and generate extremely low levels of heat," commented Dr Simic-Glavaski. "The performance and capabilities of the devices will challenge the current functional properties of many classic large-scale and super-computer devices."
According to the abstract for U.S. patent 6,937,379, issued in August 2005 : "Observable changes in electrical and optical characteristics of individual molecules adsorbed on a conductor or semi-conductor caused by electrical and/or optical excitation or de-excitation of electrons within such molecules can be used as signals which in turn can be used to carry information and such observable information carrying changes or signals can be switched, amplified, and modulated by varying optical as well as electrical inputs to such molecules.
"Molecular structural design alters functional behavior of the molecular/quantum devices. In an example, monomeric metallated phthalocyanine behaves as a fast (<10-12 second), energy efficient (3OkT/bit of information), fully reversible quantum switch with multiple outputs. However, if monomeric phthalocyanines are organized in structural combinations such as one dimensional wire-like ring-stacked, or two dimensional sheet-like ring-fused phthalocyanines, their electro-optical properties are significantly altered. As a consequence, their functionality behaves with properties that can replace a multiplicity of CMOS and similar classic semiconductor devices."