So, researchers from the University of Sussex have designed the world’s smallest microchip; that could make computers and phones thousands of times faster in the future. According to reports, the technology is environmentally friendly and sustainable though.
Scientists from the University of Sussex, England, found that the smallest microchips ever could be made from graphene; and also other 2D materials using a type of “nano-origami” technique. These nanomaterial advances can make computers and phones run thousands of times faster.
According to the results of the study published in the journal ACS Nano, the researchers made it act like a transistor in a graphene layer by creating bends that affect the flow of electrons. Because the material is so thin, the transistor is said to be about 100 times smaller than a silicon chip.
It can make computers and phones thousands of times faster:
Professor Alan Dalton, from the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Sussex, described their process as “We create mechanical bends in a graphene layer. It’s a bit like nano-origami.“
Speaking about the importance of technology, Dalton said the following. “Using these nanomaterials will make our computer chips smaller and faster. It is critical that this happens, as computer manufacturers are now at the limit of what they can do with traditional semiconductor technology. Ultimately, this will make our computers and phones thousands of times faster in the future.“
The lead author of the article is Dr. Manoj Tripathi said the following on the subject. “We’ve shown that we can create structures from graphene and other 2D materials by simply adding planned bends to the structure, without having to add foreign materials to a device. We can create a smart electronic component like a transistor or logic gate by making this kind of ripple.“
So, as researchers continue to work on the new technology, they hope to have a functional prototype chip within 5 years. In addition, it is among the information that less energy; produce new electronic components with this technology and it can be a sustainable technology.