Nano this, nano that. The transformative impact of nanomaterial based devices, long promised, just happened. Enter Nano-RAM or NRAM (non-volatile random access memory) for short.
More than a dozen corporate customers are lined up for first shipment of the super-fast memory from Nantero, a company now rolling the advanced tech off factory lines to first adopters for product testing and development.
The new nanotube based computer memory medium is marked by speed and low energy use, with high storage volume and density. The non-volitile data storage is among the first product components to take advantage of a carbon tech that’s lingered in development for decades.
When early researchers realized nanotubes transmitted electricity and heat with near perfect efficiency, computing applications were front of mind. The advance is Nantero bringing product to market. NRAM chips are being fabricated at locations across the globe – a first small taste of technological miracles to come.
It doesn’t stop at computer memory. Carbon nanotubes are now being eyed for advanced computing circuitry, shrinking the size and cost of the ‘thinking’ part of computers while upping speed and reliability, especially in comparison to current, finicky silicon versions. Present chips are prone to errors that nanotubes overcome by redundancy – they are small and cheap enough to allow duplication of key components, and easier to make compared to silicon clean room tech.
Graphene, the unrolled version of nanotubes, has also seen huge breakthroughs in recent months. The two dimensional material is now fabricated in coherent sheets, with recent mass production breakthroughs making the process 100 times faster at only 1% of the cost in 2014. The material is being eyed for, among other things, robot skin with minute sensing ability. We’re at the leading edge of a graphene and nanotube technology revolution that poises carbon to be the new black.
According to VentureBeat.com, the company recently raised $31.5 million in a fifth round funding for its nanotube technology.
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