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Molybdenite microchip could be more flexible than silicon

Swiss researchers have made a prototype microchip using a substance called molybdenite, which could prove to be a rival to both silicon and graphene.

Researchers have come up with a prototype microchip using molybdenite.

Swiss scientists say they have a new candidate for making flexible electronic devices, after they successfully manufactured the first molybdenite microchip.

The integrated circuit was made at the Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures (Lanes), of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. Yesterday, the researchers said it showed how molybdenite microchips could be made smaller than silicon chips, use less electricity than silicon, and be more flexible than silicon, the mainstay of today's computers.

The flexibility of molybdenite could also make it suitable for creating rollable computers or devices that can be attached to a person's skin, the researchers said.

"We have built an initial prototype, putting from two to six serial transistors in place, and shown that basic binary logic operations were possible, which proves that we can make a larger chip," Lanes director Andras Kis said in a statement.

Read more of "Molybdenite microchip promises flexible electronics" at ZDNet UK.