Electronic Circuits That Bend and Stretch

Silicon CMOS printed on plastic can do contortions

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27 March 2008—Earlier this month, IEEE Spectrum reported on the development of bendable, twistable electronic circuits whose performance nearly matches that of conventional CMOS chips. The new circuits, developed by a team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign led by Professor John A. Rogers, are built from ribbons of silicon only a few nanometers thick that are mounted on flexible plastic substrates.

Today, in a report published online by the journal Science, the same group says it has developed an improved plastic circuit that is not only flexible but also stretchable and foldable. To make it foldable, the researchers looked at the behavior of everyday objects and observed that it’s much easier to fold a magazine than a telephone book, says Rogers. So they decided to make the circuit much thinner.

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The Transistor of 2047: Expert Predictions

What will the device be like on its 100th anniversary?

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The luminaries who dared predict the future of the transistor for IEEE Spectrum include: [clockwise from left] Gabriel Loh, Sri Samavedam, Sayeef Salahuddin, Richard Schultz, Suman Datta, Tsu-Jae King Liu, and H.-S. Philip Wong.

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The 100th anniversary of the invention of the transistor will happen in 2047. What will transistors be like then? Will they even be the critical computing element they are today? IEEE Spectrum asked experts from around the world for their predictions.

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