IBM creates new high speed circuits

IBM researchers have created a new type of high speed Graphene circuit that has the potential to transform several of the everyday electronics that many people have around their homes. The ultra-thin material supposedly has a lot of potential in changing the way we look at certain appliances, such as higher bandwidth communication, to a new form of smartphone that could be sold at a much cheaper price.

The wafer scale Graphene integrated circuit, which has been published in the Science journal, has the function of a broadband frequency mixer which is the type of technology featured in every sort of communication device. According to the New York Times, IBM has previously made specific transistors but not a whole circuit.

Unfortunately, the new technology is not going to be put into use soon. There is still no known way to produce the graphene material in such high quantity, and implementing it in such a way that it will work with other technologies is still far off.

Richard Doherty, president of Envisioneering Inc. commented that it may open up an entire new part of the spectrum which is available to consumer electronics. In practice, this could mean opening up a new part of the WiFi area and allowing a greater amount of data to be sent to TV set-top boxes. There's also the potential to use the material in displays where at present, OLED displays have a tendency to eventually deplete their lifespan.

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Last month IBM passed Microsoft in market value as did Apple a some months before.
Microsoft now has fallen to third place in market value in the technology industry.


Surprised this article doesn't say anything about it, but apparently the Graphene circuit they created can handle a frequency of up to 10 GHz, and performance has very little degradation going from room temperature to 260 F....not sure what the maximum silicon circuit frequencies are so I don't have much to compare it to, but it seems good.

Nagisan said,
Surprised this article doesn't say anything about it, but apparently the Graphene circuit they created can handle a frequency of up to 10 GHz, and performance has very little degradation going from room temperature to 260 F....not sure what the maximum silicon circuit frequencies are so I don't have much to compare it to, but it seems good.

Since IBM did the 500GHz processor, I don't think 10GHz is much ;p

n_K said,

Since IBM did the 500GHz processor, I don't think 10GHz is much ;p
Individual graphene transistors have been shown to handle up to 300GHz, plus this is a brand new technology. Compare the highest silicon circuit frequency at the time silicon circuits were first being developed to the highest graphene circuit currently (up to 10GHz), and you will see a huge difference in speed.

Not to mention, heat is pretty much a non-issue with graphene circuits....meaning they could raise the current GHz limit on CPUs and the like due to the immense reduction in heat interference. Sure they would have to cool it still and they would want to keep it below a reasonable temperature (260 F inside a computer case would probably melt some things), but the fact that temperature will affect performance much less than it does silicon means they won't have to focus so much on lowering temperatures and can focus more on performance.

</whysoserious>

Where it says china? Anyway, Graphene can even lead to photonics, and photonics are way more powerful that any semiconductor. This is the beginning of the new era in computers, finally silicon will be defaced out. This is almost equal to the creation of the first transistor... indeed this period of time is over.

Neo003 said,
Great now one more thing we have to borrow from chinese.
Graphene is made from carbon which is one of the most abundant elements in the universe. Why would we need to borrow from China?

Xilo said,
Graphene is made from carbon which is one of the most abundant elements in the universe. Why would we need to borrow from China?
Cause we want China to be number 1?

Sawyer 99 said,
And who says IBM is a dying company with only software?

Way to go!


Someone who doesn't understand what IBM actually does. That comment describes Microsoft and not IBM.

Sawyer 99 said,
And who says IBM is a dying company with only software?

Way to go!

since when is IBM a software company?

Xilo said,

Someone who doesn't understand what IBM actually does. That comment describes Microsoft and not IBM.

Except Microsoft is not dying...

Sawyer 99 said,
And who says IBM is a dying company with only software?

Way to go!

IBM is involved in almost every next-gen console.

Xenosion said,

Except Microsoft is not dying...

Not in a real sense but their stock has been in a decline/flat line for a while now.

Xilo said,

Someone who doesn't understand what IBM actually does. That comment describes Microsoft and not IBM.

Microsoft? Uh?
For a simple example notice the nice GPU in your phone, computer, or game console. Microsoft designed the architecture behind it at the hardware level.

Do you have a freaking clue what Microsoft does beyond software or how they move the industry?

(XBox Original - MS Hardware Engineers created the VS/PS GPU design - This is also why Microsoft didn't want to pay NVidia more per XBox GPU as they had given them an entire generation of GPU hardware technology that NVidia used in the Geforce4TI all the way through the Geforce 7900)

(XBox Original - Shader Code - Language. They created what we all know as modern GPU shader code and the language. So whether you game is using OpenGL, DirectX or even CUDA, when it is shoving code through the shaders in the GPU, it is using a MS created technology and a variation of the MS created shader code language EVERYONE uses.)

(XBox 360 - Unified shader GPU design - MS Hardware engineers created the Unified shader GPU architecture, had ATI build it, and gave the specifications to NVidia and others so that they could use it to be compatible with DX10.)

How vast does this rabbit hole go, and how circular is it?

Well...
The ATI and NVidia and Intel and even Mobile GPUs all are all based on Microsoft GPU designs, that came from their hardware engineers. Meaning the Android phones to the iPad have Microsoft technology in them.

The PS3 uses a Geforce 7900 GPU, which originated from the original XBox and Microsoft hardware engineers. (Which is also sad, as the RSX in the PS3 is a technology generation behind the Xenos in the XBox 360 that can do a lot more tricks with the unified shader architecture and OS integration being VRAM/RAM agnostic.)

Really?

And if you think this is new to the XBox, go read up your history on the Microsoft Mouse and move forward, they have their hand in hardware design as much as anyone in the industry, as they define via Windows what hardware capabilties must be and do and this comes from their own hardware R&D, not crap they make up or based on the current industry.

For example, go read up on the NSP Intel dispute with Microsoft, as it was a horrid idea that in today's security landscape would be a haven for rootkit code, but also was a step backwards in ripping thread control out of the hands of the OS. - Kind of killing the concept of things we take for granted today, like multiple audio streams multiplexed and played via a single device. (It also was insane when the NT architecture allowed for the end result Intel was wanting to achieve at the time.)

Microsoft fought Intel, POed the guy behind the concept so he took it to the anti-trust trial. Yet Microsoft wasn't bullied into a really bad idea, as their internal hardware engineers and OS engineers said, holy crap, what a bad idea batman, it would be as bad as turning of the CPU scheduling to a hardware layer, thus killing all the progression in pre-emptive single device tasking.

Xilo said,

Not in a real sense but their stock has been in a decline/flat line for a while now.

And? This has been a cycle, and goes back to the 80s. Especially if you are comparing them to Apple, that has been King and darlings of the stock market with jumps in revenue that are not sustained, and then a few years later getting money from Microsoft to keep afloat. (Once in the 80s and once in the 90s.) The iPad,iPhone,iTunes revenue is big and did grow fast, but it has a huge flatline that drops in a couple of years, by every expert in 'think tank', financial, and technology industry echoing this. Sadly Wall Street like 'marketing', and will probably get Apple over valued even after their revenue flatlines, just like they did for the past several years prior to them catching up to Microsoft.

Microsoft is growing, and doing fine, and has nice longevity of growth ahead of them, just as they have had for 30 years now. They are not dying or even close to having a 'cold'...