Martin Sadler, director of HP Labs, predicts a 20,000 fold increase in processing power within the next 20 years using nanotechnology to build a new generation of super-computing PCs and mobile devices.
In a key note address recorded at the 10 Big Things Global Forum in Edinburgh last month, Sadler says,
“The key driver for this surge in computing power will be the use of nanotechnology to design chips at the molecular level which means more power will be packed into a smaller space.”
“One can imagine, for example a child coming home from school and saying they have created a film on their laptop. Only this time it will be of professional cinema quality at the standard of a Hollywood animation.”
Sadler forecasts that in future there will be even greater personalisation of computers and mobile devices.
“We are already seeing that people want to customise their computing experience to their individual tastes. We see computers and mobile devices becoming fashion items with a very wide choice of different styles and configurations to choose from.”