Scientists Hope To Reduce Computer Power Usage 1,000 Times

03/06/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Keith Gerein edmontonjournal.com

The team, led by Robert Wolkow, has invented the world's smallest quantum dots, atom-sized devices capable of controlling electrons, using a fraction of the power of current computer technology.

"Roughly speaking, we predict there could be a 1,000-time reduction in power consumption with electronic computers built in this new way," said Wolkow, a physicist at the University of Alberta.

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