Saturday, 18 February 2012

IBM To Build Next-Gen Microchips Using DNA

As chipmakers compete to develop ever-smaller chips at cheaper prices, designers are struggling to cut costs.

For years, chipmakers have been constantly making smaller and smaller chips, which are used in computers, cell phones and other electronic devices, but packing it with more speed, reducing the cost, while at the same time trying to lower power consumption.

Scientists working with the IBM research centre are experimenting with DNA molecules, the basic building block of life, to build next-generation microchips, which will be smaller but more powerful than the ones existing today. 

Scientists at IBM's Almaden Research Center have teamed up with California Institute of Technology to make scientific advancement that could be a major breakthrough in enabling the semiconductor industry to pack more power and speed into tiny computer chips, while making them more energy efficient and less expensive to manufacture.

If IBM succeeds to use DNA in development of next-gen microchips, it would be a major breakthrough in semiconductor industry, DNA wouldn't just control human evolution but also computing evolution.


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