Wonder material Silicene is the key to super-fast computing

Super-fast computing might be more plausible than previously thought, now that researchers from the University of Texas have revealed that they have created a one-atom-thin silicon transistor. Researchers noted that silicon has some great properties as far as conducting electricity, but also noted that up until now, working with this material was nearly impossible. Summoning their electrical power, while creating something that would be workable is what Texas University did, and now, time will tell whether this becomes some sort of standard for super-fast computing. “Apart from introducing a new player in the playground of 2-D materials, silicone, with its close chemical affinity to silicon, suggests an opportunity in the road map of the semiconductor industry,” said Deji Akinwande, who worked on the team that made the discovery. He went on to point out and call this a “major breakthrough” within the semiconductor space.


The great thing about silicon is that it’s relatively low-energy compared to other materials used and other formations. The advent of this small, low-energy product is something that will serve serious benefits in the long-term of computing. Right now, there aren’t a lot of applications at which this can be readily applied to. However, this is something that could prove to completely revolutionize the space as we know it in the long-term. The qualities that the silicone has, and the relative use, makes for a product that could revolutionize – also due to its shape. This is in stark contrast to the traditional 3-D model that is regularly used for this type of semiconductor, and material.


Ultimately though, this is something that is still several years out – and not something that will likely be seen in day-to-day computers. However, the team, as well as some other entities are looking at this as a legitimate note on how things could function moving forward. Given the fact that the computing space could potentially see significant change – some companies who create these semiconductors could be provoked to make some changes to the way they are researching different types of products, and possibly even change their aim in terms of operation. Either way, the research is exciting and most-definitely a breakthrough that will garner some serious attention in the coming months within the tech space.


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Nitin Agarwal

Nitin has a background in Electrical Engineering and is passionate about the Internet of Things. He covers how connected devices like smart homes, wearables, and industrial IoT are changing our daily lives. Nitin is also a DIY enthusiast and loves to build IoT gadgets.