A New Technique to Produce Versatile Microchips to Improve the Speed and Efficiency of Computers

Technology is always associated with computers – electronic devices used for storing and processing data. These devices are also helping us accomplish our day-to-day tasks easily, thus making them very important in our life.

This is the reason why experts continuously look for ways to improve the capability of the computers.

In connection with this, the University of Exeter has good news to the world as its researchers have developed an innovative new method to engineer computer chips more easily, and this is even more affordable than the conventional methods.

According to the researchers, the discovery could revolutionise the production of optoelectronic materials or devices that produce, detect and control light and are vital to the next generation of renewable energy, security and defence technologies. We can learn more about this research from the journal, Scientific Reports where it is published.

This is indeed a great discovery as it is intended to make the computers of the next generation more efficient. According to Dr. Anna Baldycheva, from Exeter’s Centre for Graphene Science and author of the paper, ‘This breakthrough will hopefully lead to a revolution in the development of vital new materials for computer electronics. The work provides a solid platform for the development of novel next-generation optoelectronic devices. Additionally, the materials and methods used are extremely promising for a wide range of further potential applications beyond the current devices.’

The researchers succeeded in developing a versatile, multi-functional technology which is intended to significantly enhance future computing capabilities using microfluidics technology. This uses a series of minuscule channels to control the flow and direction of tiny amounts of fluid.

This research made use of the fluid that contains graphene oxide flakes mixed together in the channels to construct the chips.

The researchers used a new sophisticated light-based system to drive the assembly of the three-dimensional chip structures, sort of enhancing the graphene oxide flakes that are two-dimensional – in other words consisting of length and width only.

The research team have analysed their methodology and confirmed that the technique is indeed successful. Their success can provide a blueprint for others to use so they can also help manufacture the chips which can prove to be useful for their business and IT support in the future.

With the success of the research, Professor Monica Craciun, co-author of the paper and Associate Professor of Nanoscience at Exeter happily said, ‘We are very excited about the potential of this breakthrough and look forward to seeing where it can take the optoelectronics industry in the future.’


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