Nanowires - Hand-Held Supercomputers

Hand-held supercomputers 'on way'

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Nanowire Manipulation Could Lead to Hand-Held Supercomputers

The Columbia Supercomputer at NASAacutes Advanced Supercomputing Facility at Ames Research Center.
The Columbia Supercomputer at NASA's Advanced Supercomputing Facility at Ames Research Center.

Researchers have been working on nanowires and microchips so tiny that they could be used to build supercomputers that could fit in the palm of your hand. Hopefully, the nanowires will eventually lead to small, powerful gadget such as hand-held PCs, mobile phones as powerful as laptops, and medical advances.
The researchers studied the behavioral properties of nanowires—which are more than 1,000 times thinner than a human hair—and investigated how the wires react and respond to exterior forces compared with conventional wires.
"This will help to make small devices much more powerful in the future," Zaiser said. "Holding a supercomputer in the palm of your hand will one day be possible - and we are going to make sure all the wires are in the right place."

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