Thought for the month

“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young." "Why, what did she tell you?" "I don't know, I didn't listen.” From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Author (1952-2001)

Friday, 11 March 2011

Graphene, on or off?

This month has seen Texas Instruments give further insights into their CVD work on the growth of graphene and fabrication of FETs. IBM have produced a graphene transistor running at 100GHz and UCLU one with a cut of frequency of 300GHz. However, as real world applications become more feasible, the IBM group has highlighted the issues associated with the difficulty of turning off a graphene FET. Residual leakage currents will generate heat and the inability to always detect the difference between an open and a closed gate are clearly worrying IBM.

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