The study set out to find the extent to which carbon nanotubes are being actively
researched for new products, and by how many companies. The author found that
there are about 160 companies worldwide, which are pursuing the manufacture of
various forms of nanocarbon. There are more than 1,000 companies and
institutions that are developing, or producing products, which incorporate carbon
The “Digital Age” is very much the “Age of Nanofabrication.” At 1976 transistor prices, an IPod® would cost 3.2 billion dollars, according to Applied Material calculations. That fact highlights the importance of lithography at the nanoscale, as it it the technology that makes printing millions of transistors in a space measured in less than a few square inches possible and affordable.