Are DNA computer chips a reality?

Computer chips made from DNA may not only replace traditional silicon, but may also be smaller and faster.

Researchers are paving the way for the future of micro-computing, using DNA (the building blocks of life) to build smaller-than-ever computer chips. These chips will be able to amass far superior amounts of circuitry compared to traditional silicon for only a fraction of the size, and their potential speed is unrivaled to silicon.

One of the main advantages of DNA computer chips is that they are vastly cheaper compared to silicon, according to Chris Dwyer, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering. This will be beneficial in producing supercomputer machines at an economical price.

The most appealing benefit of DNA computer chips would be their superior processing speeds. They would use light instead of electricity to simulate zeros or ones because of a detector that would differentiate between different wavelengths of light emitted by molecules or chromophores on the chip.

Another group, IBM and the California Institute of Technology, have actually built a computer chip utilizing synthesized DNA molecules. Their chip is a different technology that actually uses DNA as a positioner or mini circuit board for the precise assembly of components, thus making it easier to produce smaller chipsets.

Either technology by either group could substantially reduce the manufacturing cost of computer chips and their size while increasing their speed. The accomplishments by IBM and the California Institute of Technology show that this technology is coming, and the future is now.

Physorg via Gizmodo

Like This? You Might Also Like...

Follow GeekTech on Twitter or Facebook.

Tags DNApc components

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

James Mulroy

PC World (US online)

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Latest News Articles

Most Popular Articles

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?