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Title: Spinning Out The Future Of Computing
Date: 03/01/2006
Publication: ScienceMatters@Berkeley
Editor: David Pescovitz
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 The computer industry is headed toward a brick wall. Within a decade or so, Moore's Law–which predicts that the number of transistors that can be packed on a silicon integrated circuit doubles every 18 months–will run up against the laws of physics. To keep processing speed on the ever-increasing fast track, scientists and engineers are experimenting with entirely new kinds of devices that could be the building blocks of tomorrow's computers. UC Berkeley physicist Joe Orenstein's research is in the realm of "spintronics," a field that could lead to computers that store and process information in the spins of individual atoms.