A more cost-effective method of manufacturing microchips will gradually replace multi-billion-dollar foundries with table-top boxes, marking the end of the silicon era and the potential death of many factory-floor jobs. This was the message from Douglas Mulhall, author of Our Molecular Future (and member of CRN's Board of Advisors), at a recent IT conference in Canada.
"We now see hundreds of companies around the world manufacturing products by printing them three dimensionally. It looks like this technology will become as common as bubble-jet printing technology is now," said Mulhall.
Jay Myers, chief economist of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, agreed that "nanotechnology is a huge disruptive technology that will replace the existing manufacturing process."