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Work may lead to tinier electronics

February 21, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

Two U.S. research teams have developed new materials that may pave the way for ever smaller, faster and more powerful electronics.

Using ceramic crystal materials known as lanthanum aluminate and strontium titanate, one team has made tiny transistors -- the building block of computer processors -- a fraction of the size of those used on advanced silicon chips. Another team has made a film material capable of storing data from 250 DVDs onto a surface the size of a coin.

Both advances were published Thursday in Science.

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