Smartphones and tablets keep on evolving, and we see more impressive specs with every release, be it the latest Galaxy model from Samsung or the latest iPhone from Apple. We are being slightly bamboozled by software specifications and made to believe that some incremential updates from previous versions are actually something awesome. The hardware doesn’t advance that quick and it’s obvious why – it’s easier to engineer some software than invent more efficient pieces of physical technology.
More speed and RAM thanks to C60 molecules
One of the biggest issues we’re having with smartphones and tablets is represented by the low life span of batteries. Some of us that use Android devices, might opt for extended batteries, but others will simply have to wait for the moment when the fuel cell technology or Liliputian batteries will become mainstream. Researches at the Tel Aviv University have discovered how they can increase the speed and memory of smartphones and tablets by using carbon transistors.
Elad Mentovich, along with his supervisor Dr. Shachar Richter have been closely working with carbon molecules that they call C60. In somewhat geeky terms, Mentovich has explained that he managed to build some kind of evolved memory transistor that doesn’t only store but it also transfers energy, thus making unnecessary the use of a capacitor. The key in this research is represented by this memory transistor which is thought to be as small as one nanometer!
Future smartphones and tablet to have high memory like laptops
This is an even smaller size than the one made by IBM a while ago, which, in its turn, was even smaller than the silicon standards. The Tel Aviv University informs us that there are already companies in the memory industry that are very interested in this breakthrough, so seeing smartphones and tablets with improved speed and RAM is not only a dream. Mentovich says:
Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are the computing devices of the post-personal-computer (PC) era, says Mentovich. These devices, which are small and battery operated, are quickly closing the gap with their laptop or desktop ancestors in terms of computing power and storage capacity — but they are lacking in RAM, the run-time memory reserves that computers need to operate various programs. Because current RAM technology is power-hungry and physically large, it doesn’t function well in mobile devices. That’s where laptops and PC’s retain the edge.
Mentovich’s discovery could also save some battery life, and as tablets will outsell laptops, not far is the future when we’ll see more and more people on the streets, in hospitals, on constructions sites with tablets in their hands, either using them for work or for reading digital news. If this technology will be applied inside upcoming smartphones and tablets, the future does look bright, indeed.
What’s even more interesting about what Mentovich said is that he directly referred to the possibility of having inside smartphones as much memory as there is currently inside a laptop! Being able to run numeruous applications in the same time and the low voltage won’t harm the battery, neither. We can only hope that big companies that want to become superheroes in the eyes of their consumers will see this breakthrough and will contribute to the launch of fabrication facilities.