Carbon Nanotube Transistors Are Found to Outperform Silicon
On September 5th 2016, Peggy Lee wrote an article for New Electronics talking about how carbon nanotube transistors have been found to outperform silicon. This study was founded by researchers at the University of Wisconsin Madison lab. At this lab, material engineers were able to outperform the silicon transistors by 1.9 times in terms of currents. This is considered a huge breakdown for those in the nanotechnology industry. This was something that has been considered a dream for over 20 years for those in the industry. Here is what Professor Michael Arnold has said about the findings. "This achievement has been a dream of nanotechnology for the last 20 years. The hype and importance of carbon nanotubes is much realized yet, and that has kind of soured many people's outlook. But we think the hype is deserved. It has just taken decades of work for the materials science to catch up and allow us to effectively harness these materials. This breakthrough in carbon nanotube transistor performance is a critical advance toward exploiting carbon nanotubes in logic, high-speed communications, and other semiconductor electronics technologies." Not only are the carbon nanotube transistors able to outperform silicon transistors by 1.9 times in terms of currents, the actual performance of the carbon nanotubes is roughly 5 times faster. In addition to this, the carbon nanotubes are also five times better in terms of energy efficiency. In doing so, this could amount to huge gains in terms of bandwidth speeds of wireless communication devices.
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