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Graphene: The Silver Lining for Cloud Computing?

When it is perfected, it will be as common as a transistor in many devices, edge technology, and high-tech real estate

This article is an excerpt from James Carlini's upcoming book Location, Location, Connectivity.

The new wonder metal, graphene, is being looked at as a building block for communications and electronic devices on the level of what the transistor was sixty years ago.

Graphene is a one-atom thick, mesh-like (think hexagonal honeycomb or chicken wire), semi metal that will add more battery-life into a smartphone among other breakthrough ideas like bendable displays. It is also ten times stronger than diamonds so its resiliency is perfect for use in a smartphone or any other device that requires super-ruggedness.

Wikipedia defines it as:

High-quality graphene is strong, light, nearly transparent and an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. Its interactions with other materials and with light and its inherently two-dimensional nature produce unique properties, such as the bi-polar transistor effect, ballistic transport of charges and large quantum oscillations.

Is this a new miracle micro-metal or film that will become a universal coating for many devices? It will definitely become a building block for next-generation communication devices as well as quick-charge batteries. IBM has already tested it in a computer chip and it runs 10,000 faster than previous chips with graphene added to them. In the past, graphene has been hard to mass-produce, but that is being worked on by Samsung.

This will definitely effect the development of smartphones and give them new capabilities as well as extend what is now considered big limitations like battery life and rigid phone frameworks. Samsung is doing a lot of research with this new capability. If they can mass produce it cheaply as a part for their smartphones, they will definitely raise the ante in the big war of innovation with Apple.

In an everyday example, how long does it take for you to recharge your smartphone? What if you could do it in 30-40 seconds and then not have to recharge for several weeks? That is the difference graphene can make just in battery life. Just think if one phone maker gets that capability and the others can't.

Other Applications?
Research has already demonstrated that graphene, which is made up of carbon atoms, is capable of absorbing 90 percent of electromagnetic energy across a high bandwidth. This could be used in many ways.

Think of graphene being used as a one-atom thick, micro-privacy drape that could filter out EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference) from car windows or buildings to eliminate EMI interference. This could be a new building block for secure wireless networks and other applications needing EMI filtering.

Using this type of EMI "graphene drape" could be a good way to secure trading floor networks in all the stock exchanges as well as other mission-critical wireless networks found in so many industries today. Because graphene is transparent, offices could have this applied to windows so that no one could intercept signals being emitted by a wireless router and being picked up by a directional antenna.

This definitely could be viewed as an "Intelligent Amenity" for 21st century real estate, especially those buildings wanting to offer security from electronic eavesdropping. New buildings would have it as part of the design spec and existing buildings could add it if they wanted to compete for security-conscious corporate tenants.

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Carlini's visionary book, "Location, Location, Connectivity" will be coming out later this year.

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Copyright 2014 - James Carlini

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James Carlini, MBA, a certified Infrastructure Consultant, keynote speaker and former award-winning Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University, has advised on mission-critical networks. Clients include the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, GLOBEX, and City of Chicago’s 911 Center. An expert witness in civil and federal courts on network infrastructure, he has worked with AT&T, Sprint and others.

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