Silicon Nanocrystal Nonvolatile Memories

  • R. Muralidhar
  • M. A. Sadd
  • B. E. WhiteJr
Part of the Nanostructure Science and Technology book series (NST)

1. Introduction

In 1959, physicist Richard Feynman delivered his “There's Plenty of Room Left at the Bottom” lecture [1] to the American Physical Society that spawned the field of nanotechnology. In that lecture, Feynman discussed two themes that are critical to the work presented here. The first was the recognition of the tremendous opportunities associated with the ability to miniaturize computers. At the time of his lecture, the most powerful computers consumed entire rooms, and Feynman realized the tremendous gains that could be realized in performance if the technology could be reduced to the size of one's thumbnail. The second important area Feynman touched on was the unique opportunities that surround the manipulation of matter at the atomic level to create materials with unique and, hopefully, useful properties. Both of these ideas have now been realized as evidenced by the exponential growth of the semiconductor industry over the last 40 years and the tremendous explosion in...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Freescale SemiconductorUS
  2. 2.Binghamton Universitybruce

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