By Emily Biermann and Adam Taylor-SmithPosted July 17, 2019 12:14:11The microprocessor used to build a new class of microprocessors called superconducting transistors has been engineered to have a single core.
The technology developed by the University of Pennsylvania researchers is a way to build larger transistors with a smaller footprint, a feat that could enable much faster computer chips and other systems.
The Penn researchers used a process called lithography to create the superconductors.
In the process, tiny holes are drilled into a chip and a layer of copper oxide is applied.
The copper oxide layers are then bonded together.
The resulting transistors can then be built using an atomic layer.
In their latest research, the Penn researchers show that this technique can create transistors larger than those of conventional transistors.
They believe that the technique could enable larger transverses in chip manufacturing and also lower the cost of microchips.
The new superconductive transistors, known as LEMTs, can be used to make superconductivity, the property of atoms being able to conduct electricity.
Superconductivity has important applications in electronics and optical communications.
The ability to use superconductivities to form new types of transistors is crucial for future devices such as transistors in electronic displays.
For now, the new LEMT technology can be scaled up to make much larger transceivers, and the researchers are working on using the process to build smaller transistors for applications including supercomputers.
The research was published in Nature Communications.