Researchers are predicting that silicon transistors in computers will be replaced by components based on carbon nanotubes in the next ten years.
Scientists from the University of Gothenburg's Department of Physics claimed to have developed a method to control the nanotubes during their production, which may be of interest to manufacturers in the industry looking for an alternative that does not carry limitations like the incumbent material, Nanowerk reports.
Johannes Svensson, who focused on the subject in his PhD thesis, suggested that it may not be cheaper to build transistors from means other than silicon, but hinted that carbon-based technology may offer smaller and faster parts for computer brands.
The expert also said that it may make machines more energy-efficient.
Innovations using carbon nanotube substrates are being touted as being fit for use in other applications including field-effect transistors for microprocessors, as research from Rice University indicated last week.