"Almost a vibranium": scientists have discovered a metal to create the electronics of the future

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2019-07-09 13:40:08

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In works of fiction very often described substances or elements that humanity at some point has made a technological leap. In real life it is a little more complicated, but something similar nonetheless from time to time. It is quite possible that we currently stand on the threshold of such discoveries. The fact that recently a group of researchers managed , which will greatly improve the performance of electronic devices.

a New material for electronics of the future

With the development are researchers from the University of New South Wales (Australia), and new material is tungsten ditelluride in crystalline form, which at room temperature has both properties of metals and properties of a ferroelectric. And in order to understand what it is, we need to understand what is unique about these properties.

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Now, ferroelectrics — this is, roughly speaking, materials that are simultaneous can be substances which do not carry electric charge, and substances which it is carried out under certain conditions. And if some of the materials for the emergence of properties of electrical conductivity requires the presence of an electric field, in this case it is absolutely not necessary.

This property can be useful for development of nanoelectronic memory computers when creating high-performance processors, RFID cards, high-precision medical equipment, infrared cameras, sonar, and various detectors and sensors.

what is the advantage of the new material

It is actually quite simple. The point is that now to create are mostly used semiconductor materials. The potential of semiconductors is very limited and to create more powerful devices, it is required something new. Materials like the above-described tungsten ditelluride for this ideal, as they work as semiconducting materials much better and it will help to increase the performance of electronic devices several hundred times.

You Can conduct a simple (though slightly rough) analogy: if now for complex calculations using whole «cabinets filled with silicon processors», switching to the new material, all that power would fit on a small Board without any loss of performance.


a One of the most advanced computer systems on the basis of AI today. IBM Watson. It is possible that in the future, a powerful computer can be placed in conventional system unit

In addition, with the new material you can also create a much more productive miniature electronic devices, and so on.

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