Thought for the month

“You cannot have freedom without a rule of law ... and if you don't have it, what you tend to get is corruption and that is death to freedom, it's death to truth, it's death to honour, it's death to democracy.”

Margaret Thatcher, 1 October 1996.

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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