Teeny, tiny PCs?

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Really small transistors...
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Scientists at the University of Arizona have discovered how to use quantum mechanics to turn molecules into working transistors in the lab, a breakthrough that might one day lead to high-powered computers the size of a postage stamp.

The smallest transistors in consumer electronics devices today measure 50 nanometers across -- a million times tinier than their postwar progenitors. (This shrinkage would be equivalent to reducing the continental United States to the size of a hot tub.) Taking transistors down another one or two orders of magnitude, to the realm of individual atoms and molecules, requires a generational leap in technology.

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if you want personal

if you want personal computers to shrink more you need to also work on the display. currently displays are rigid but they are moving towards being as flexible as a mouse pad. when they get that flexible you can start carrying a full pc in your pant pocket. then we can start making jokes like "is that a hard drive in your pocket or are you just happy to meet me?"

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