Big Blue’s Plans for the Next 5 Years

Big Blue’s Plans for the Next 5 YearsI’m what they call a “techie,” an individual who loves to learn and play with new gadgets. Desktops, laptops, iPhones, and other pieces of technology are always updating faster than the speed of light. As time passes, things evolve, and for the most part it is for the better. A new IBM project is surfacing and I am stoked to talk about what I’ve learned so far.

Over $3 billion dollars is being invested over the next five years. IBM’s goal is to make smaller, more packed processors and other tech parts. IBM wants to continue progress in the world of computing and help with development in the next half-decade. A smaller, yet more efficient processor is just what I need for my notebook.

Big Blue, the nickname referring to IBM, wants to create nanometer-sized transistors with more compartmentalized features. The second wish IBM wants to make come true is to find alternatives to the current silicon chip with more durable materials. Introduction of new technologies to manufacturing is IBM’s concern and the company has already planned teams in areas such as Switzerland and New York for new staff to start the work. The research conducted by these teams will be analyzing ways to advance today’s technology.

IBM is looking to use a more new-and-improved computing – a set of sequenced steps with neurosynaptic computing. A brain-like design with computers similar to synapses and brain cells is one of Big Blue’s goals. Another type of computing is quantum computing. Quantum computing uses qubits, which take place of what we use today with the binary system of zeroes and ones. This allows simultaneous calculating.

Chips are made with silicon, but in the future that may change. Silicon is a IV group member of the periodic table. Chips with increased speed can be created with the III and V group elements from the table.  Electrons are faster with these elements and determine how fast the switches (transistors) turn off and on.

Carbon nanotubes are tubular fused carbon atoms. These nanotubes are resourceful because they can replace the semiconductor in chips. They may be used for faster transistors which have better performance abilities than silicon.

A cousin to carbon nanotubes is graphene. Graphene is a single-atom thick, flat layer of carbon atoms. The great quality of graphene is that electrons are able to move around easily and quickly. IBM hopes to use it for fast-response tasks. There is a specific kind of transistors (another word for switches) that fixes today’s problem with tunneling: tunnel field effect transistors. They may cut down power usage since they could use a lower voltage.

IBM is thinking of using photons instead of electrons. This is because silicon photons make and receive signals. Also more information can be signaled. They do not use up too much heat through wiring.

Big Blue’s anticipated plans in the next five years are making me look forward to the future of technology and manufacturing. In the world of technology, events can move quickly with new additions and substitutions. I think it will make life more awesome than it is.