The adventures of JOHN STORM and the SOLAR NAVIGATOR
CYBER WARS © by Jameson Hunter
CHAPTER 9: NANOCOM © Jameson Hunter 2008 - 2014
320,30’N, 1170W – San Diego, California, USA - some years ago.
At thirty-six Will Bates decided to cash in on his invention. His twenty-nine year old partner, Jane, wanted to start a family, but before they took the plunge she wanted to see the world in a last massive blow-out which would wipe out their savings. Will gave in to that request but also wanted the house of his dreams for his family. He was an underpaid research engineer for Los Alamos National Labs. He’d worked for Bell Laboratories, Motorola in silicon valley and Princeton University before that and for himself in the long winter evenings when Jane was absent organising high end corporate events. While she was away partying he was grafting. Better that than scraping along on his salary. If they didn’t take the plunge now he knew he’d lose her.
Will had used his employer’s white coat resources for years; one of the perks of the job. His goal was to develop Quantum computers and communications using quantum entanglement theory using Qubit configurations 00, 01, 10 and 11, instead of binary language of 1s and 0s. This had the capacity to sequentially factor a 400 digit numbers in minutes, which a traditional computer would take billions of years. The security implications due to the encryption cracking capability were so enormous that the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), had been funding quantum information research for years. They were not alone, the University of Innsbruck in Austria, Massachusetts Institute if Technology and Stanford University were all in on the act.
Finally Will perfected his nano computer that was so small it fitted into a wristband case with super small antenna built from ultra high purity materials for strength, thermal conductivity and durable interconnections between micro components. Coupled with Tx-Rx and GPS from mobile phone, this provides the solution for communications for Biocore™ a chip that Will had heard about, but nobody knew for sure if it would be commercially released, or indeed if the rumours were true.
He’d shrunk a fully functional hybrid computer and communications device onto one nano-chip the size of a thumbnail. He wasn’t going to give that work away for nothing. A year later and Will had a wristwatch size demonstrator. A fully functional computer and mobile communications centre that could outperform a server computer a hundred thousand times over. The problem being that once he'd sold one, anyone could reverse engineer the chip and avoid paying royalties. This was a problem that Will and Jane had wrestled with many years ago.
PRESENT DAY: John Storm and Dan Hawk were looking at upgrading the computers on the SolarNavigator. Dan looked at the rather large server that was housed in a sealed box under the main console." I've heard a rumor that a nano technology has already made our onboard computers relics from the past."
"Oh yes," said John, "I'm more interested in improving the other functions of this ship.
"Yes indeed John. They are related subject if I may?"
"Please. Explain away maestro." "Okay, the human eye can detect differences between objects that are 1/10th of a millimetre apart at 25 centimetres. Optical microscopes improve this ability by about 1,000 times. "So far so good?"
"So far so good."
"Traditional transistor laser etched silicon computer chips were designed to this level of miniaturisation, no mean feat in itself. Thousands of man years of research took us to this level of sophistication and gave us the laptop computer and mobile phone. Then in 2018 miniaturisation took another leap with nano technology." This was one of Dan Hawk’s pet topics. Any chance he got he’d bore the pant off anyone who’d listen to his theories. Put Dan together with another atomic scientist and they’d spend a whole day arguing about the future. That is why Dan loved working with John. They didn’t argue, they more or less agreed where the future lay and John couldn’t argue, because Dan knew much more about electronic design, and that’s why John liked working with Dan, he knew Dan was a progressive like himself.
"Nano scientists shrunk electronic circuits down to a thousandth of previous circuits, to the point where a 100 laptops worth of processing power would fit onto a single chip the size of a pea."
“Really. You’re saying it’s possible to fit a fully functional quad-core processor into a wristwatch using nano technology?”
“That’s about it,” nodded Dan.
“I know you’re dying to tell me…. How does this help us?” John had to know even though Dan would go way over the top. Dan took his time gathering his thoughts.
“Well, one of those chips would weigh less than a thousandth of our present computers, not only saving weight, but improving the autonomous functions - and here's the clincher - also reducing power consumed."
The Nanocom super computer as fitted inside an Omega gold casing
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