IBM thinks carbon nanotubes are the future

IBM logoThe research wing of IBM claimed it has made an engineering breakthrough which could mean carbon nanotubes will displace silicon transistors for future computers.

The scients said they have managed to “shrink” transistor contacts without reducing carbon nanotube performance and that means more powerful microprocessors way beyond existing semiconductors.

IBM said that as devices get smaller, increased electrical resistance has prevented serious performance gains.

But a discovery by the scientists mean carbon nanotube chips will vastly improve the performance of high end computers, increase power and battery life of mobile devices and let cloud datacentres deliver services more economically.

Moore’s Law, said IBM, “is running out of steam”.

IBM thinks that its approach overcomes a major hurdle to the adoption of carbon nanotubes.