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Researchers Unlock Secret of Graphene Growth
Daily Tech ^ | October 12, 2009 9:00 AM | Jason Mick (Blog)

Posted on 10/12/2009 9:18:44 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Discovery could be employed to produce graphene circuits at high yields

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New research shows how to control the growth of graphene deposits on an indium substrate. The graphene deposits concentricaly, forming tiny domes, the size of which researchers could control.

The research could help to enable mass-produced graphene circuits. (Source: Alan Stonebraker)

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Graphene is one of the most promising materials for upcoming generations of tiny computer circuits.  A sheet of carbon a mere atom thick, the material provides good conduction, flexibility, and other desirable material parameters.  Its use could enable faster, smaller, and lower power circuits.  One problem, though, has been that growing graphene growth can be slow or inconsistent -- in other words, the material is ready for the electronics spotlight, but its production techniques aren't.

A significant technical discovery could help to change that. 

(Excerpt) Read more at dailytech.com ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: hitech

1 posted on 10/12/2009 9:18:44 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: ShadowAce

fyi


2 posted on 10/12/2009 9:19:11 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

gettin mah nerd on ping.


3 posted on 10/12/2009 9:22:36 AM PDT by Danae (No political party should pick candidates. That's the voters job.)
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4 posted on 10/12/2009 9:38:34 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Very nice indeed


5 posted on 10/12/2009 9:51:04 AM PDT by the long march
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

What will this do for Moore’s Law?


6 posted on 10/12/2009 10:09:55 AM PDT by BlueStateBlues (Blue State business, Red State heart. . . . .Palin 2012----can't come soon enough!)
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What will this do for Moore’s Law?
IMHO Moore's Law actually relates to the elasticity of demand for computer circuitry. That is, Moore's Law holds not because circuitry naturally keeps getting cheaper but because there is so much demand for cheap circuitry that you can make money by doubling and redoubling the capacity of a computer chip.

The cost of production of anything drops by about 25% when you produce more of that thing than has previously been produced in previous history. There is so much elasticity of demand that if you spend the R&D money to enable you to cut the price by the 25%, you will sell double the number of transistors and recoup your R&D bucks profitably (and if you don't do the R&D, someone else will - and you will be out of the chip business).


7 posted on 10/12/2009 11:28:35 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (SPENDING without representation is tyranny. To represent us you have to READ THE BILLS.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

A nice analysis, thanks. I always like to see the speed of chips expand, as well as the efficiency of other and related technology.


8 posted on 10/12/2009 6:39:34 PM PDT by BlueStateBlues (Blue State business, Red State heart. . . . .Palin 2012----can't come soon enough!)
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