Professor Stephen Chou of Princeton University says he has a way of stamping out chips with a die which could keep Moore’s Law in operation for decades and maybe even beat it.

“We’re probably 20 years ahead of the curve,” he told BBC News Online.

Nanoimprint lithography, invented in 1994, is a major breakthrough in nanopatterning because it can produce a sub-10nm print size over a large area with a high throughput and low cost — a feat impossible with current, coventional lithography.