#431 October 2nd, 2015 – Carbon Nanotubes to the Rescue!

This week’s headline story: Carbon Nanotubes to the Rescue!

Carbon-nanotubeA breakthrough announced yesterday by IBM could give Moore’s Law new life by replacing silicon transistors with chips made with carbon nanotubes. A semiconductor material made from single-atom sheets of carbon rolled into tubes, carbon nanotubes could offer significant advantages over the silicon used in computing chips today, IBM said. Until now, making chips smaller with either silicon or carbon nanotubes resulted in increasing electrical resistance, which hurt performance. IBM researchers, however, said they have developed a new method — “akin to microscopic welding” — that lets them shrink the size of transistor contacts down to below 10 nanometers without seeing performance deteriorate.

“These chip innovations are necessary to meet the emerging demands of cloud computing, Internet of Things and big data systems,” said Dario Gil, vice president of science & technology at IBM Research, in a statement. “As silicon technology nears its physical limits, new materials, devices and circuit architectures must be ready to deliver the advanced technologies that will be required by the cognitive computing era.”This week’s research breakthrough “shows that computer chips made of carbon nanotubes will be able to power systems of the future sooner than the industry expected,” Gil said. This brings us a step closer to the goal of a carbon nanotube technology within the decade.”

Other Headline News…

  • Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel Joins Forbes 400 as World’s Youngest Billionaire [NewsFactor]
    The youngest billionaire in the world is Snapchat Inc.’s 25-year-old Chief Executive Evan Spiegel, at $2.1 billion, Forbes said Tuesday. Spiegel and his fellow Snapchat cofounder, Bobby Murphy, both made the Forbes 400 for the first time this year, among 25 new entrants.

in Information Security News…

  • Experian Hack Exposes Info on 15 Million T-Mobile Customers [NewsFactor]
    Experian, a vendor that processes T-Mobile’s credit applications, was hacked. Although the investigation is still underway, there is enough evidence to show that the hacker grabbed the records of about 15 million people. That batch includes new applicants requiring credit checks for service or device financing from September 1, 2013 through September 16, 2015.

and in Tech Industry news…

  • New Apple iPhone 6s, 6s Plus Break Sales Records in First Weekend [NewsFactor]
    Apple reported the sale of more than 13 million new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices in the first week of sales.Why are the new iPhone models such a big hit? New Features! 3D Touch is perhaps the biggest new addition to the iPhone. It senses how deeply you press the display, which is supposed to make it easier to navigate the device. Beyond that, the new iPhones feature Live Photos, which bring still images to life, a 12-megapixel iSight camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera with Retina Flash and the Apple-designed A9 chip. The phone is made with the strongest possible glass and 7000 series aluminum.


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