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New research could make our phones and computers 1,000 times faster

Credit: University of Utah, College of Engineering

SALT LAKE CITY — New research from the University of Utah could make our smartphones and computers about 1,000 times faster.

University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ajay Nahata, says it’s possible because of a rock called perovskite that they combined with inorganic material. The hybrid result makes it possible to dissolve the perovskite and mold it to typical conductors like silicon. However, unlike silicon, Nahata says perovskite reacts much better to visible light.

“It works very well absorbing light,” Nahata said, adding that perovskite reacts differently depending on the strength and color of the light. “The possibilities of what we can do are enormous.”

Because the material reacts differently to different kinds of light, Nahata said they can simplify complicated processes and even speed them up.

“We can create a wireless system that can transfer information about a thousand times faster than we can today.” Nahata said.

There are a few kinks to work out first- like powering something that would use so much energy- but Nahata said he hopes to see it enter the marketplace in the next ten or fifteen years.