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Turning Smartphones Into Supercomputers

carbon nanotubes

Processors based on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) could lead to smartphone supercomputers. CNTs are roughly 50,000 times thinner than a human hair, and stronger than steel. Stanford engineers are designing them to deliver supercomputer performance. On something as small and battery efficient as a smartphone.

They are working on creating multi layered chips with carbon nanotube transistors and memory devices stacked on top of each other like an urban skyscraper. This approach may be the foundation for new generation of faster electronics. The main challenge is figuring out how to make this technology work on a large scale.