Carbon Nanotube Transistors Outperform Silicon For The First Time
For years, scientists have been trying to tap into the properties of carbon nanotube transistors in order to make products that are faster and less power-hungry, products that could enable faster wireless communication among other improvements over silicon technology. This could mean faster processing as well as prolonged battery timing for laptops and other mobile devices. Are we there yet? I believe so.
Research in carbon nanotube transistors has proven to be very challenging indeed because of the complexity. Carbon nanotube transistors have never seemed to come at par with semiconductors like silicon or gallium arsenide used in PC parts and electrical components.
But it seems that all that has changed and for the first time since research has been conducted over carbon nanotube transistors, that have outperformed silicon. So to answer the question, are we there yet? Yes, we are.
The university of Wisconsin has been able to create carbon nanotube transistors that are able to outperform silicon. Madison professors of materials science and engineering along with the team behind the research have been able to create carbon nanotube transistors that can achieve current 1.9x higher that of silicon transistors.
The research is led by Michael Arnold, UW–Madison professors of materials science and engineering, who said in a statement:
This achievement has been a dream of nanotechnology for the last 20 years. Making carbon nanotube transistors that are better than silicon transistors is a big milestone. 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.
Here you have it folks, the future in the making. These transistors will be able to perform five times better than silicon counterparts and will conserve energy better. This could be the way of the future as we know it.
We’ve identified specific conditions in which you can get rid of nearly all metallic nanotubes, where we have less than 0.01 percent metallic nanotubes.