New material may replace silicon

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    New material may replace silicon
    Electronic Products ^ | 10/4/12 | Written by:Bård Amundsen/Thomas Keilman. Translation: Glenn Wells/Carol B. Eckmann

    New material may replace silicon - Electronic Products

     
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    Kewl!

    Why did those liberals have to develop it though.
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    Um, silicon is cheap, basic and easy to produce. What's the advantage to using graphene? Democrats bought stock in the stuff?
     
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    Far stronger for much less. 100 times stronger. Do you people even read?

    The result is a one-micrometre thick hybrid material which acts as a semiconductor. By comparison, the silicon semiconductors in use today are several hundred times thicker. The semiconductors’ ability to conduct electricity may be affected by temperature, light or the addition of other atoms.

    I swear between the Marxist wanting to destroy our system and the far right. What future does America have?
     
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    "Stronger"? What does the word strong mean in the electronic world?
     
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    Ga-As semiconductor tech has been around for 40 years. The twist is arranging the atoms on a graphene carrier. This is the equivalent of building atom by atom instead of "pouring some material" and hoping for purity and process control.

    The big advantage I see here is heat conduction. Because we've gone to lower and lower voltages to the point of jeopardizing data integrity in silicon. AND the need for fancy packaging and fans. If you can SHAPE this stuff -- you increase surface area (while cutting the volume) and heat sinking ability.
     

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