Saturday, October 3, 2015

Could IBM's Carbon Nanotube Breakthrough Replace Silicon Transistors?

by Brenda J. Christie

A great article recently appeared concerning IBM's October 1, 2015 announcement regarding a major breakthrough which could possibly replace silicon chips with carbon nanotube chips.  While IBM's announcement mentions several benefits of carbon nanotube chips:

  1. faster analysis of Big Data
  2. better, more efficient delivery to cloud datacenters
  3. overcoming physical limitations of silicon chips

Alan Radding's article,  "IBM z System After Moore's Law," goes into great technical detail in describing how this breakthrough impacts the z System, and to a good extent, which it is appropriate to describe this as a breakthrough.

The article does not go into great detail regarding Moore's Law, but the tacit understanding that the growth in use of Chips does not continue into infinity, but does in fact, have an end point.  As defined by Investopedia, Moore's Law refer to an observation made in 1965 by Intel Co-Founder, Gordon Moore that "the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had doubled every year since their invention. Moore's Law predicts that this trend will continue into the foreseable future."

If there is any truth to IBM's research and discovery, this is one law which is flawed.

Bye for now,

Brenda J. Christie