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Faster Computers with Nanotechnology

The silicon transistors in your computer may be replaced in ten years by transistors based on carbon nanotubes. This is what scientists at the University of Gothenburg are hoping – they have developed a method to control the nanotubes during production.
Silicon is subject to certain limitations, and industry is looking for a replacement. The electronics industry has net annual sales of over USD 200 billion, and this means that the development is being fuelled by powerful forces.
Carbon nanotubes
Scientist Johannes Svensson from the Department of Physics at the University of Gothenburg has investigated the manufacture and use of carbon nanotubes in his PhD thesis.
Faster and smaller
“I don’t believe that it will be cheaper to build transistors …

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New material for nanoscale-computer chips

New data from Chinese-Danish collaboration shows that organic nanoscale wires could be an alternative to silicon in computer chips. The discovery has just been published in the respected scientific journal, Advanced Materials.
Nanochemists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Nano-Science Center, Department of Chemistry have developed nanoscale electric contacts out of organic and inorganic nanowires. In the contact they have crossed the wires like Mikado sticks and coupled several contacts together in an electric circuit. In this way they have produced prototype computer electronics on the nanoscale.
Alternative to silicon computers
Today the foundation of our computers, mobile phones and other electronic apparatus is silicon transistors. A transistor is in principal an on- and off- contact …

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Semiconductors for Cool Computers

Computers with no need of cooling? They haven’t come into existence yet.
However, physicists of the University of Würzburg are paving the way for them: In the American scientific journal “Science”, the researchers now present a semiconductor that transmits electric current without heating up in the process.
This new type of semiconductor consists of mercury telluride and mercury cadmium telluride. In a sophisticated procedure, the Würzburg physicists apply these two materials to penny-sized crystal wafers in alternate ultra-thin layers. “The individual layers are only seven to ten nanometers thin,” says Professor Laurens Molenkamp. In other words, inconceivably fine: A nanometer is one millionth of a millimeter.
Tiny wire fabricated
In order to analyze the conductivity of the layered material, …

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WD® PROVIDES AN EASY WAY TO BACK UP ALL THE COMPUTERS IN THE HOME

New My Book® World Edition™ Network Hard Drives Offer Plug and Play Installation and Automatic Continuous Backup To Keep the Entire Family’s Data Safe

WD® (NYSE: WDC), the world’s leader in external storage solutions, today introduced its newly redesigned My Book® World Edition™ network storage drive, simplifying the critical but tedious task of backing up an entire household’s precious files. Designed for consumers who have multiple computers on a home network, the new drive will be available in 1 terabyte and 2 terabyte capacities, and is compatible with PC and Mac® computers.

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Wireless Keypad for PLAYSTATION®3 to be Introduced This Holiday Season Worldwide

Keypad Attaches to SIXAXIS™ and DUALSHOCK®3 Wireless Controllers for Quick and Simple Text Input on PS3®
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that it would release the Wireless Keypad, a new peripheral for SIXAXIS™ and DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controllers for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3®), this holiday season throughout the world. It will be introduced in North America in late November. It will be also introduced in Japan, Europe and Asia by the end of this year.
The highly anticipated Wireless Keypad is designed to fit precisely into the unique shape of SIXAXIS and DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controllers, and can be easily attached or removed. By using the product instead of the on-screen keyboard, users will be able to enjoy …

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A new player for the Game Industry

Fatfoogoo provides a full service game commerce platform for the monetization of online games and virtual worlds
While video and computer games are a relentlessly growing market, competition in the game industry is soaring and games publishers are searching for new ways to make their business more profitable. Selling “virtual goods” opens up one of the most promising revenue streams and fatfoogoo’s complete solution helps game publishers and developers to explore this new business model immediately and effortlessly.
Offering subscriptions and in-game content are becoming increasingly common. Gamers are now used to buying and selling “virtual goods” in the games, such as swords, buildings, accessories, add-ons, and other goods and services. This is a brand new game …

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