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    Discrete components and similar basic board-level devices are in a state of disruptive growth, fomented by both material and topology advances. Knowing your tech is critical in solution selection.
    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Graphene-Based Transistors Receive R&D and Mass-Media Attention

    Feb. 28, 2024
    Humble carbon in graphene form is the subject of considerable research effort for non-silicon active devices.
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    History of the Transistor: How “Can You Hear Me Now” Led to Today’s Tech

    Feb. 22, 2024
    The transistor was born out of necessity, forged in experimentation and anger, and will go on to drive next-gen technology for the foreseeable future.

    The Transistor Enters the Nanosheet Era

    Jan. 12, 2024
    The world is heading into the age of gate-all-around (GAA) or nanosheet transistors. While it was never going to save Moore’s Law by itself, the new device is opening the door...
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    Your Next Bio-Transistor May Consist of Silk, Not Silicon

    Jan. 8, 2024
    Hybrid transistors based on silk protein set the stage for integration of biology and microelectronics.

    Solid-State Photorelay Tackles High Frequencies, ATE Signal Switching

    Nov. 16, 2023
    Improved packaging shrinks this 1-Form A photorelay and reduces its undesirable parasitics, making it suitable for applications in the multi-gigahertz range.

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