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Despite Early Stages, Nanodevice Technology Shows Promise

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Ongoing research and development efforts on nanodevice technologies continue at research institutions, with participation in applied research and technology development by major commercial electronic companies. The result is parallel streams of effort, that aim at sequential segments of the technology development cycle: basic research that examines the process of self-assembly, applied research which examines methods by which this processes can be harnessed to develop nanostructures, and the development of very simple devices from these processes.

Frost & Sullivan ( finds that Nanofabrication and Nanodevice Technologies provides an analysis of ongoing R&D efforts, and assesses the current status and objectives of these efforts. It describes technology dependencies and development trends, examines key stakeholders in this sector and their roles in technology development, and looks at factors influencing technology development and adoption. It also profiles representative R&D projects aimed at fabricating structures as well as simple devices using self-assembly.

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"While bottom-up self-assembly is still an ambitious capability to aim for, its potential to fabricate structures with very good order under 10 nm and, if the technology matures as desired, to do so at low cost, make it exciting as a new nanofabrication technique," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Rahul Nayar. "R&D is still at an early stage, but continues to drive progress toward developing fabrication techniques as well as simple devices and these could, some day, enhance the capabilities of the electronics systems they are integrated into."

R&D continues to develop the basic science and know-how on which this technique will rest, as well as to drive self-assembly toward being able to produce simple devices. A number of techniques are being developed to assemble nanostructures using a bottom-up approach, that range from chemical synthesis techniques to using viruses to grow devices. Simple devices have also been developed by university research teams as well as by major electronics companies; while these are still basic, perhaps rudimentary, they do point the way to exciting new possibilities.

Much of the basic science that self-assembly technology will need to leverage is not fully understood yet, and is still being researched. The techniques of self-assembly are, in most cases, at an applied research stage and there is still much work going on at a basic research level. These will help build the foundation of commercially successful self-assembly technology; until they mature further, self-assembly will find it difficult to get out of the lab. Self-assembly is an interesting stage, where basic and applied research go together with technology and device development efforts. This can be a complex dynamic to handle, and one which will need to be managed effectively for successful development and commercialization in the long term.

"A major restraint lies in the uncertainty that raises many basic issues: the basic science and techniques which will form the foundation of self-assembly is still under construction," notes Nayar. "Managing the dynamics between driving and funding basic research on one hand, and device development on the other, will remain a powerful challenge for those who wish to develop and adopt self-assembly technology."

Continuing effort in a variety of areas: basic science, self-assembly technique development, and device development, will help expand knowledge bases and capability in this area. Crucially, development efforts will need to focus on methods by which self-assembled structures and devices can be integrated with existing technologies. Effective commercialization is likely to depend on being able to partner these new techniques with existing lithographic technology and devices: which will continue to provide long-range order in a manner that self-assembly cannot yet provide.

Nanofabrication and Nanodevice Technologies is part of the Technical Insights Subscription, and it provides an analysis of the technical developments surrounding self-assembly technology development and adoption through key drivers, challenges, trends, and related analysis to identify the streams and objectives of self-assembly development. Interviews are available to the press.

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Nanofabrication and Nanodevice Technologies

Shwetha Thomas, Corporate Communications -South Asia & Middle East, Frost & Sullivan, +91 (022) 4001 3429

Nimisha Iyer, Corporate Communications -South Asia & Middle East, Frost & Sullivan, +91 (022) 4001 3431

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