LONDON The University of Southampton's Nanofabrication Centre, which opens Sept. 9, is set to make possible within five years the manufacture of "universal memory" devices for industry, the university said.
It is the nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS) that will become available from the cleanroom that will make high-speed, non-volatile and low-power computer memory a reality, according to Yoshishige Tsuchiya of the Nano Group at the University's School of Electronics and Computer Science.
"This high-speed, non-volatile and low-power NEMS memory will be suitable for pen drive devices for PCs and mobile applications and will mean that computers will warm up immediately when switched on and will have a sleep switch to conserve energy," said Tsuchiya in a statement.
Tsuchiya works with Professor Hiroshi Mizuta in the Nano Group and looks forward to using electron-beam lithography and focus-ion beam equipment to fabricate memories.
The couple plan to work on integrating NEMS into conventional electronic devices to create switches, memories and sensors including quantum information devices based on single-electron and single-spin device technology which could realize massively-parallel information processing.
"I believe that if we adopt the unique properties of well-controlled silicon nanostructures and co-integration with other emerging technologies such as NEMS, nanophotonics and nanospintronics, we can develop extremely functional information processing devices, faster than anything we could ever have imagined with just conventional technologies," said Professor Mizuta.
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