Slimline transistor holds promise for ultra-thin appliances
Researchers from Cornell University in the US claim to have developed a new method for designing ultra-thin transistors, which could have major implications for the next generation of electronics.
A paper recently published in the Nature journal outlined the process of producing transistors which are just three atoms thick. Made from experimental materials known as transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD), they could spur a wave of new innovation.
"Our work pushes TMDs to the technologically relevant scale, showing the promise of making devices on that scale," said one of the paper's lead authors, Saien Xie, adding that there was "no barrier" preventing it from becoming commercially viable.
While TMDs are still years away from being a serious commercial proposition, the Cornell team's findings have prompted considerable excitement. It's hoped that the breakthrough could have the way for ultra-quick, ultra-thin consumer electronics and more besides.
Some 200 wafers were created as part of the study, only two of which failed.