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Getting The Skinny On New Ultra Thin Computing Materials

To their credit, MIT aka Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has created a brand new way of creating a chip that applies multiple materials to just one thin layer inside a computer chip.

This new breakthrough could mean that in the near future, computers and laptops with high flexibility and more compact power and features overall. This is an achievement because traditionally each component had to be etched on a separate layer and then composite in several layers.

Without giving up the secrets, MIT says they had achieved the new breakthrough with the use of extremely thin layers of material. The layers are so thin they’re only a few atoms thick. Not only that but the materials are so thin and versatile that their applications could be universal in scope.

We’re talking about computing on a whole new level here that will allow for higher speeds and devices like ‘tunneling transistors’. The applications only the MIT specialists know for now, but anyone familiar with computing can speculate on what will happen next and where this technology will be applied.

Now get ready for the ‘Mr. Spock’ explanation.

At present the traditional computer chips are constructed from crystalline materials of a solid nature. The atoms of these materials are geometrical in arrangement called ‘crystal lattice’. The only way for the materials to be compatible was to add similar matched lattices on the same layer of a chip.

The new chip uses different lattice sizes called wonder material graphene and molybdenum disulfide. The former is only one carbon atom thick. The laterally integrated circuits they construct calls for a deposit of graphene layer a silicon substrate. From there they can etch it to where they want to deposit the molybdenum disulfide. At the end of the substrate they then put a solid bar of PTAS which is another material.

The PTAS is heated and gas is flowed over it and across the substrate. The PTAS molecules are then carried via the gas and adhere to the exposed silicon, but not the graphene. Thus, wherever the PTAS molecules adhere, a catalyzation reaction occurs with yet another gas that makes the layer of molybdenum disulfide to formulate.

The process is very delicate, but the present results are astonishing. This breakthrough may herald in a new age of computing technologies that have wide application to every aspect of our lives.

Home and office computing could advance to remarkable levels. Communication devices like smartphones and tablets, wifi systems and more could take a great leap forward for better performance, efficiency, cost savings, and safety. In automobiles and other transportation systems it could mean better control and energy efficiency as well as providing new and entertaining features that couldn’t be done before.

There’s the application of safer and more efficient tools that use computing in construction, medicine, commerce, and more.

The space agency NASA is probably ready to use them right now. It could usher in a whole new age of space exploration providing faster and greater efficiency across the board.

Children’s toys and sporting equipment might make a jump so far ahead as to make one wonder if wonders would never cease.

This is a breakthrough from MIT and other companies like IBM are hot on their tail with ultra-thin technologies of their own. The competition can only mean better production and lower costs to the consumer.

So stick around and see how thin these new chip layers can get. If they got any thinner they would probably turn into anti matter.

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  • JefferyHaas

    Here is the sixty four trillion dollar question:
    Is the financing for this coming from American taxpayers, and is it going
    to be sold to American companies that hire American labor, or is all of
    this a gift to CHINA?