Thursday, February 04, 2010

US Patent 7655548 - Nanotube switch for smart power ICs

Smart power grids use software to more effectively distribute energy based on monitored use. This patent from LSI Corporation teaches using nanotube switches to implement a similar smart power system in integrated circuitry. Claim 1 reads:

1. A method, comprising:

coupling a nanotube structure of an integrated circuit to a conductive surface when a command is processed; and

enabling a group of transistors of the integrated circuit based on the coupling the nanotube structure to the conductive surface.