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Silicon to be replaced by pencils

by on18 April 2008


Technologies change

Boffins have decided that Silicon has had its day and transistors will eventually be replaced by Graphene.

According to the BBC, researchers have built the world's smallest transistor, an atom thick and 10 atoms wide, out of the material which is the same as what you have in a pencil.

Dr, Kostya Novoselov and Professor Andre Geim from The School of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Manchester think graphene is a super material because it is flat, stable, and transparent.

Novoselov and Geim found that graphene can be carved into tiny electronic circuits with individual transistors not much larger than a molecule. It could conduct electricity faster and further. It also works at room temperature.

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Last modified on 18 April 2008
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