IBM using DNA in new chips

Researchers at IBM are experimenting with a combination of DNA molecules and nanotechnology to create tiny circuits that could form the basis of smaller, more powerful and energy-efficient computer chips that also are easier and cheaper to manufacture.

IBM said last week that it’s looking to use the DNA molecules as scaffolding so carbon nanotubes can assemble themselves into precise patterns.

The ability for the DNA structures to self-assemble would lead to greater precision in the design and manufacture of chips, said Greg Wallraff, an IBM Research scientist working on the project. He noted that implementation is still years away.

Dan Olds, an analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group Inc., said that “harnessing biological processes and building blocks” could significantly cut chip-building costs.

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

CDN Staff
CDN Staff
For over 25 years, CDN has been the voice of the IT channel community in Canada. Today through our digital magazine, e-mail newsletter, video reports, events and social media platforms, we provide channel partners with the information they need to grow their business.

Related Tech News

CDN in your inbox

CDN delivers a critical analysis of the competitive landscape detailing both the challenges and opportunities facing solution providers. CDN's email newsletter details the most important news and commentary from the channel.