ScienceDaily: Magnetic Fields Could Make Computers 500 Times Faster: "Magnetic fields created using nanotechnology could make computers up to 500 times more powerful, if new research is successful.
Dr. Alain Nogaret. (Photo by Nic Delves-Broughton / courtesy of University of Bath)
The University of Bath is to lead an international £555,000 three-year project to develop a system which could cut out the need for wiring to carry electric currents in silicon chips.
Computers double in power every 18 months or so as scientists and engineers develop ways to make silicon chips smaller. But in the next few years they will hit a limit imposed by the need to use electric wiring, which weakens signals sent between computer components at high speed.
The new research project could produce a way of carrying electric signal without the need for wiring. Wi fi internet systems and mobile phones use wireless technology now, but the electronics that create and use wireless signals are too large to be used within individual microchips successfully.