New IBM Technology Seeks to Further Communication December 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm
IBM has announced the development of new materials and research that could provide better, smaller and faster computer processors in a press release issued last week.
With the limits of the silicon transistors being discovered, the need for new materials and circuit design compatible with today’s technology built off CMOS (Complementary-Symmetry-Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor) is growing.
Scientists and developers have begun development on three new materials and designs they believe allow for faster processing in consumer electronics and communications while allowing for compatibility with current technology.
Racetrack memory is one such development that compensates size with memory demands as technology shrinks.
“This breakthrough could lead to a new type of data-centric computing that allows massive amounts of stored information to be accessed in less than a billionth of a second”, the press release said.
Graphene, the second new material, has medical and security applications as it has the ability to function under temperatures up to 200 degrees Celsius and radiation levels up to 5 GHz.
The carbon nanotubes are besting silicon-based technology and will hopefully be implemented in new computers within the next decade due to the limits of silicon technology.
“Throughout its history, IBM’s continued investment in scientific research to identify new materials and processes has not only extended current technologies but is providing a sustainable technology foundation for tomorrow,” said IBM’s vice president of Science and Technology T.C. Chen in the press release.
“Today’s breakthroughs challenge the status quo by exploring the boundaries of science and transforming that knowledge into information technology systems that could advance the power and capability of businesses worldwide.”