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Graphene “nano-origami” developed, creating the tiniest microchips yet

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Graphene “nano-origami” developed, creating the tiniest microchips yet

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Experimental physicists from the University of Sussex have developed small microchip-like devices 100x smaller than any current microchips. Professor Alan Dalton described it similarly to nano-oragami, saying:

“We’re mechanically creating kinks in a layer of graphene. It’s a bit like nano-origami.

“Using these nanomaterials will make our computer chips smaller and faster. It is absolutely critical that this happens as computer manufacturers are now at the limit of what they can do with traditional semiconducting technology. Ultimately, this will make our computers and phones thousands of times faster in the future.

“This kind of technology — “straintronics” using nanomaterials as opposed to electronics — allows space for more chips inside any device. Everything we want to do with computers — to speed them up — can be done by crinkling graphene like this.”

This technology, creating cheaper and more sustainable technologies with increased performance in the future will have major effects over the production and performance of modern devices.

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