Nokia could be working on another 3310 if it succeeds in its latest venture. The Nokia Research Center, along with the Graphene Flagship Consortium has won a $1.35 billion grant to develop graphene, one of the strongest materials ever tested. Graphene is a two-dimensional super-material that measures in at just one atom thick and described by the company as “having a breaking strength 300 times greater than steel.”
Nokia leads the electronic firms within the Graphene Flagship Consortium, composed of 73 other industry and academic partners. The company received the $1.35 billion grant to research and develop graphene for practical applications from the European Union for the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET). According to Henry Tirri, CTO of Nokia, the Finnish company has been experimenting with graphene since 2006 and has managed to “identify multiple areas where this material can be applied in modern computing environments.” With all the major graphene players in Europe, Tirri believes that it will be “a very efficient and promising way of doing research investments for Europe.”
Jani Kivioja, Research Leader at the Nokia Research Center believes that graphene production could have the same impact as the mass production of iron and silicon had been in the past. “When we talk about graphene, we’ve reached a tipping point. We’re now looking at the beginning of a graphene revolution. Before this point in time, we figured out a way to manufacture cheap iron that led to the Industrial Revolution. Then there was silicon. Now, it’s time for graphene.” says Kivioja.
Though Tappani Ryhänen, Nokia’s head of Sensor and Material Technologies Laboratory believes that it will be unlikely that graphene becomes the norm, but that it will be used to supplement and enhance existing materials and products.
Source: Tom’s Hardware