Industrialists are often unsure whether to introduce nanotechnology: As well as finding out what it can do for their business, they want to know how much it will cost. The principal drivers for the introduction of nanotechnology are examined, including novelty through miniaturization, increased efficiency of fabrication, and improved performance. Nanotechnology generally implies massive parallelization of fabrication procedures. The most spectacular progress in miniaturization has been in information storage and processing. The process cannot be considered without limits before the atomic scale is reached, however; a fundamental problem of ultraminiature manufacturing is outlined. The convergence of ...
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