Unformatted text preview: the field of computer circuitry because it could eventually lead to the creation of processors that hold up to 10,000 times more transistors in the same amount of space. In 2003, a Woburn, Massachusetts, company called Nantero Inc. introduced a nonvolatile random-access memory (NRAM) chip that uses single-walled carbon nanotubules only 20 billionths of a meter wide. The miniscule tubules are arranged in a grid that holds 5 billion bits of data in one square centimeter, which is several times the density of current high-capacity memory chips. Because the NRAM chips are about five times faster than today’s speediest memory chips and they are nonvolatile, the chips are considered a thrilling development for use as flash memory in digital cameras and cell phones. The federal government predicts that by the year 2015, nanotubes and the field of nanotechnology will be a trillion-dollar-a-year industry and that one in four jobs will be nano-related....
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- Spring '12
- Integrated Circuit, memory chips, Carbon nanotube, nonvolatile random-access memory