HP Labs, the scientific arm of computing giant Hewlett-Packard, published nearly two dozen papers detailing its ideas for creating future chips out of specially designed Applied Physics A. The articles largely revolve around the on-off , which functions similarly to the millions of transistors found in today's chips.in a nanotechnology edition of leading journal
Crossbars, theoretically, can outperform transistors but will cost less to produce, HP has said. Chips featuring crossbars could appear in the market circa 2012, the company has predicted. HP will try to license the technology. Still, mass production remains a major hurdle for crossbars and other transistor alternatives, which will likely mean that silicon has a long future, according to, among others, Intel co-founder.