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Silicon’s Successors: 2-D Materials Aim to Carry the Post-Moore’s Law Torch

Even as a flurry of new silicon has been launched recently by AMD and Arm, with more to come this week from Intel, silicon’s five decades of microprocessor dominance could start to fade in the relatively near future. The problem is that transistors etched into silicon will soon be shrunk to 5 nanometers, with 3 […]

Supercomputing Graphene Applications in Nanoscale Electronics

Researchers at North Carolina State University are using the Blue Waters Supercomputer to explore graphene’s applications, including its use in nanoscale electronics and electrical DNA sequencing. “We’re looking at what’s beyond Moore’s law, whether one can devise very small transistors based on only one atomic layer, using new methods of making materials,” said Professor Jerry Bernholc, from North Carolina University. “We are looking at potential transistor structures consisting of a single layer of graphene, etched into lines of nanoribbons, where the carbon atoms are arranged like a chicken wire pattern. We are looking at which structures will function well, at a few atoms of width.”