The MIT/Stanford Venture Laboratory, a nonprofit group aimed at fostering entrepreneurial ventures, will host a forum on nanoelectronics that will feature HP Labs' groundbreaking work in this area.
The forum will explore the market potential and challenges ahead for the field of nanotechnology, the science of building devices at the molecular and atomic level. This technology may one day provide the building blocks for future generations of ultrasmall, ultradense electronic computer logic.
Last month, HP and the University of California at Los Angeles said they had received a U.S. patent for technology that could make it possible to build very complex logic chips -- simply and inexpensively -- at the molecular scale.
The patent builds on previous patents and scientific work by the HP-UCLA team, which is pursuing molecular electronics as an entirely new technology that could augment silicon-based integrated circuits within the decade and eventually replace them.
The forum, set for Tuesday, February 19 at Stanford University (Palo Alto, California), will look at institutional research and startup ventures in nanoelectronics, and investigate recent interest in the field by venture capitalists.
Stan Williams, director of HP Labs' Quantum Science Research program (focusing on the fabrication of nanometer-scale structures and the measurement and understanding of their properties) will be a panelist at the event.
The keynote speaker is Steve T. Jurvetson, manager director of the venture-capital firm, Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Other panelists are Randolph Levine, President and CEO, ZettaCore Inc.; Scott Mize, President and CEO, AngstroVision Inc.; Kyepongjae (KJ) Cho, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University.
The MIT/Stanford Venture Laboratory is a joint venture of three organizations: the MIT Enterprise Forum, the Office of Technology Licensing at Stanford University, and the Alumni Association of the Graduate School of Business.