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MIT Developing Self-Assembling Computer Chips 65

An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on have released research detailing how molecules in chips can self-assemble, potentially reducing manufacturing costs. The researchers have developed a technique in which polymers automatically fall into place to create an integrated circuit."
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MIT Developing Self-Assembling Computer Chips

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  • Exciting stuff (Score:5, Informative)

    by sammydee ( 930754 ) <seivadmas+slashd ... m ['mai' in gap]> on Thursday March 18, 2010 @04:22AM (#31520010) Homepage

    This is a really hot topic in research right now. For my final year project on my physics degree I am investigating a theory of a model fluid with a repulsive step potential and it's amazing what kind of self assembly you get on a mesoscopic level.

    At certain temperatures and pressures the molecules will all just spontaneously line up into stripes or clusters. This could have amazingly useful applications in chip assembly, because you don't need to assemble the chip any more - you just engineer a molecule that assembles itself into the right shape.

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