Earlier this week we heard news about IBM's research into optical transceiver chips and today comes news at The Register of another interesting project to increase the frequency of processors by sheathing current copper interconnects in graphene. This is not the first time the usage of graphene has been investigated for computers, indeed there is research being conducted into improving non-volatile storage and even cooling with the use of graphene. The project being carried out by a team at Stanford University found graphene-coated interconnects can reliably carry data at speeds 4-17% faster than copper without the sheathing. They feel that a 30% improvement is reachable with current process technology; you can read more in the full article.
"Researchers have made tremendous advances on all of the other components in chips but recently, there hasn't been much progress on improving the performance of the wires," said Stanford electrical engineer Philip Wong."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- HP launches its first USB Type-C Windows 10 tablets @ The Inquirer
- Feature-rich work in progress: Windows Mobile 10 build 10136 @ The Register
- Samsung spins up its latest rusty rotators for release @ The Register