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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Computer Business: IBM Building Faster PC’s

Major player in the computer business IBM Corporation states its researchers are attempting to build PC’s that are faster and electronics that are more dependable. On March 24, the company built its first successful electronic integrated circuit around a new material, one “carbon nonotube” molecule. The computer business is hopeful that this material will improve performance on many different types of products including computers and diagnostic equipment.

Nanotechnology is starting to make its way into the computer business as a way to advance innovation. This particular type of technology is designed to help increase the reliability of all types of products, including personal computers to space exploration equipment used by major forces such as NASA.

The pressure to move forward in technology increases with each passing day, and many experts feel that with how fast it is moving today, researchers and developers will start to feel pressured by limitations within the next decade. Those involved in the computer business have to move quickly to find alternatives to existing technologies to prevent future obstacles.

Current PC chips run at approximately two gigahertz. The circuit developed by IBM is built around one nanotube, which is equivalent to 50 megahertz, less than current PC’s. Developers feel this new material will be better and faster than silicon eventually, particularly since over the past five years they’ve been able to go from a speed of a couple hundred hertz to 50 megahertz.

Even though the new chip hasn’t reached the speed of silicon, IBM believes truly that carbon nanotube offers more limitless possibilities. The end result of all the research is purported to be smaller, faster and much less expensive products, even though in the beginning the materials will be very pricey. The end result is still probably 10-15 years away.

Many in the computer business besides IBM are exploring the possibilities of the carbon nanotube, and believes they will improve most particularly the memory capabilities of future devices.

Blogged By: Joshua Feinberg