Printed from http://www.electronista.com

IBM, CIT build circuit boards using DNA technology

updated 12:15 pm EDT, Mon August 17, 2009

DNA-based circuit boards

IBM and the California Institute of Technology say they have devised a new means of assembling circuit boards, based on the use of DNA molecules. The DNA acts as a form "scaffolding," according to IBM, automatically sorting carbon nanotubes into desired patterns through adhesion. In theory, the technology could be scaled up to be used in traditional semiconductor manufacturing, using nanotubes, nanoparticles and/or silicon nanowires.

The concept is described as one means of shrinking circuity beyond the 22nm barrier, beyond which it can be extremely difficult or costly to manufacture hardware. In using a DNA process, IBM suggests, companies should be able to increase the speed of future chips, while also boosting power efficiency and reducing production costs. Resolutions as small as 6nm may be possible.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Razer Taipan mouse

The list of gaming devices is growing larger with each passing day. A large number of companies have entered the gaming input arena, a ...

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS

Every computer with a microphone or headphone port has one -- a digital to analog converter (DAC). There are nearly as many chipsets a ...

D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug

Home automation fans have been getting their fair share of gadgets and accessories in the last few years. Starting with light bulbs, a ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News