A small-​​scale solution with a large-​​scale impact

| August 24, 2012
Researchers Jun Huang, Ahmed Busnaina and Sivasubramanian Somu have created an economical nano-scale inverter, an essential logic component in computer microchips. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

Researchers Jun Huang, Ahmed Busnaina and Sivasubramanian Somu have created an economical nano-scale inverter, an essential logic component in computer microchips. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

Microchips are per­va­sive in today’s high-​​tech society, playing inte­gral roles in the inner work­ings of your cell phone to your Keurig coffee machine.

A pro­cessing tech­nology called CMOS, or com­ple­men­tary metal–oxide–semiconductor, made microchips eco­nom­i­cally fea­sible in the 1980s, said Siva­sub­ra­manian Somu, a research sci­en­tist in Northeastern’s Center for High-​​rate Nanoman­u­fac­turing.

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