Honda nanotech has potential for new class of electronics

Oct 2, 2009
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Honda nanotech has potential for new class of electronics

I grew up at the dawn of the consumer electronics age. I remember the first cell phone my dad owned, it was a huge device compared to what we have today. I also remember playing Pong with my dad at a young age. Looking back at the gadgets and electronics we had when I was a kid compared to what we have today, the changes are staggering. I often wonder what the gadgets and electronics my kids take for granted in 20 years will look like. A new nanotech development from Honda may shed some light on what things will be like in 20 years.

Honda is set to publish research today in the latest edition of Science magazine that outlines a breakthrough in carbon nanotubes that promise to conduct electricity much faster than the circuits we use in our computers and gadgets today. The nanotube technology holds the keys to increasing the computing power and speed of our devices.

According to Honda, the tech has far reaching implications and has massive possibilities for miniaturization and energy efficiency. The tech can be used in computers, supercapacitors, batteries, solar cells, fuel cells, composite materials and many more items. Honda's breakthrough allows for the structural formation of carbon nanotubes with metallic conductivity with a success rate of 91%, the average success rate today is only 25 to 50%. Metallic conducting properties are essential to the use of carbon nanotubes in electronic devices.


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