From the “at least 10 years out” category of microchip fabrication comes word that IBM is working to reduce future costs and microchip sizes by using DNA. That’s correct, the building blocks of life could one day contribute to your virtual reality headshot in Halo 28: Master Chief Comes Back From the Dead for the 12th Time.
IBM’s early stage research combines the DNA double helix and, unsurprisingly, nanotechnology to build frameworks for theoretically smaller and less expensive microchips.
“This is the first demonstration of using biological molecules to help with processing in the semiconductor industry,” said IBM research manager Spike Narayan. “Basically, this is telling us that biological structures like DNA actually offer some very reproducible, repetitive kinds of patterns that we can actually leverage in semiconductor processes,” he said.
But like I said, ten years out of more before the same genetic building blocks found in all of us are also powering the supercomputers of the future. [Reuters]