Moore says nanoelectronics face tough challenges

March 10, 2005 | Source: New York Times

Although many believe the future of the computing industry lies with building chips out of carbon nanotubes or other novel materials, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore predicted it won’t be easy to replace silicon.

“Any material made of atoms has a fundamental limit,” Moore said. The solution? Make the chips bigger. Carbon nanotubes, he added, won’t be completely left out. They could be used to replace the metal interconnects between the transistors.