EPFL combines graphene and molybdenite to create highspeed, lowpower flash memory

We’ve seen graphene chips, and we’ve seen molybdenite chips. What would happen if we combined the two? If EPFL’s experimental flash memory is any clue, we might get one of the better blends since chocolate met peanut butter. The chip uses graphene’s high conductivity for the memory itself, as well as for electrodes, but stuffs molybdenite in between to rapidly switch electrical states (such as what you’d see in write commands) while using little power. The hybrid is theoretically both faster and more power-efficient than conventional silicon designs, but that’s just the start: the extra-thin nature of either material is better-suited to flexible electronics on top of shrinking the chip footprint. If there’s anything at this stage that would sour EPFL’s dreams of a storage utopia, it’s time. There’s no immediate mention of commercialization plans for the mutant memory, which could leave us stuck on silicon for awhile.

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Source: ACS Nano

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