Latest Transistor Stories

2013-04-30 23:03:21

Writing in Nature Communications, the researchers report the first graphene-based transistor with bistable characteristics, which means that the device can spontaneously switch between two electronic states. Such devices are in great demand as emitters of electromagnetic waves in the high-frequency range between radar and infra-red, relevant for applications such as security systems and medical imaging. Bistability is a common phenomenon — a seesaw-like system has two equivalent...

Motion Converted To Electronic Signals For Tactile Imaging By Piezoelectric 'Taxel' Arrays
2013-04-25 21:27:07

Georgia Institute of Technology Using bundles of vertical zinc oxide nanowires, researchers have fabricated arrays of piezotronic transistors capable of converting mechanical motion directly into electronic controlling signals. The arrays could help give robots a more adaptive sense of touch, provide better security in handwritten signatures and offer new ways for humans to interact with electronic devices. The arrays include more than 8,000 functioning piezotronic transistors, each of...

Layered '2-D Nanocrystals' Promising New Semiconductor
2013-04-16 14:58:18

Purdue University Researchers are developing a new type of semiconductor technology for future computers and electronics based on "two-dimensional nanocrystals" layered in sheets less than a nanometer thick that could replace today's transistors. The layered structure is made of a material called molybdenum disulfide, which belongs to a new class of semiconductors - metal di-chalogenides - emerging as potential candidates to replace today's technology, complementary metal oxide...

New Plastic Electronics Can Greatly Reduce Food Waste Worldwide
2013-02-27 14:22:17

Eindhoven University of Technology Millions of tons of food are thrown away each year because the 'best before' date has passed. But this date is always a cautious estimate, which means a lot of still-edible food is thrown away. Wouldn't it be handy if the packaging could 'test' whether the contents are still safe to eat? Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology, Universitá di Catania, CEA-Liten and STMicroelectronics have invented a circuit that makes this possible:...

2013-01-31 09:57:03

Early results using novel materials and processes achieves milestone toward low-power tunnel transistor electronics Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology, international semiconductor consortium SEMATECH and Texas State University have demonstrated that use of new methods and materials for building integrated circuits can reduce power–extending battery life to 10 times longer for mobile applications compared to conventional transistors. The key to the breakthrough is a...

Latest Transistor Reference Libraries

2010-11-19 17:38:17

A transistor, made of a solid piece of semiconductor material, is a semiconductor device used to amplify and switch electronic signals. It has at least three terminals for connection to an external circuit. A voltage or current applied to one pair of transistor's terminals changes the current flowing through another pair of terminals. The transistor amplifies the signal since the controlled power can be much more than the controlling power. The transistor is a fundamental building block of...

2010-09-02 16:42:23

A chip, also known as an integrated circuit, is a miniaturized electronic circuit consisting mainly of semiconductor devices and passive components, that has been manufactured in the surface of a thin substrate of semiconductor material. There are many different types of chips: microcircuit, microchip, silicon chip, etc. Integrated circuits are regularly used in present-day electronic equipment and have modernized the world of electronics. Computers, cellular phones, and other electronic...

2005-05-26 10:53:59

Germanium is a chemical element in the periodic table that has the symbol Ge and atomic number 32. This is a lustrous, hard, silver-white, metalloid that is chemically similar to tin. Germanium forms a large number of organometallic compounds and is an important semiconductor material used in transistors. Notable characteristics Germanium is a hard, grayish-white element that has a metallic luster and the same crystal structure as diamond. In addition, it is important to note that...

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