Replacing Silicon With Nanotubes Could Revolutionize Tech

Sharon Gaudin | Computerworld | September 30, 2013

Stanford breakthrough could affect everything from smartphones to laptops, cars and smart eyeglasses

Replacing silicon transistors with carbon nanotubes could make any electronic device -- smartphones, laptops, tablets and supercomputers -- smaller and more powerful.

"This could be a revolutionary technological leap," said Dan Olds, an analyst at The Gabriel Consulting Group.

"It takes much less power to change the state of a carbon nanotube versus today's transistors," Olds said. "Nanotubes are much better at dissipating heat. You can pack more nanotube transistors onto a chip. We would see devices that can do a whole lot more useful work while using a whole lot less juice -- and that's a great combination."