Soon, Enterprise Computing May Literally be in Your DNA

IBM announced that its scientists, working in conjunction with the California Institute of Technology, have developed a semiconductor built on a DNA framework. This will enable the semiconductor industry to pack even more power and speed into tiny computer chips, making them more energy efficient and less expensive to manufacture. IBM said it is using DNA molecules as scaffolding-or miniature circuit boards-where millions of carbon nanotubes could be deposited and self-assembled into precise patterns by sticking to the DNA molecules-may provide a way to crack the 22nm barrier for nanotechnology. Such a dramatic ongoing miniaturization of processing technology means Moore's Law of processing -in which power doubles every 18 months-will continue well into the foreseeable future.

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