UAlberta research team developing atom-scale, ultra-low-power computing devices to replace transistor circuits.
(Edmonton) In the drive to get small, Robert Wolkow and his lab at the University of Alberta are taking giant steps forward.
The digital age has resulted in a succession of smaller, cleaner and less power-hungry technologies since the days the personal computer fit atop a desk, replacing mainframe models that once filled entire rooms. Desktop PCs have since given way to smaller and smaller laptops, smartphones and devices that most of us carry around in our pockets.
But as Wolkow points out, this technological shrinkage can only go so far when using traditional transistor-based integrated circuits. That’s why he and his research team are aiming to build entirely new technologies at the atomic scale.