9 June 2011â€”IBM researchers have built the first integrated circuit (IC) based on a graphene transistorâ€”another step toward overcoming the limits of silicon and a potential path to flexible electronics.
The circuit, built on a wafer of silicon carbide, consists of field-effect transistors (FETs) made of graphene, a highly conductive chicken-wire-like arrangement of carbon that's a single atomic layer thick. The IC also includes metallic structures, such as on-chip inductors and the transistors' sources and drains. The work is described in this week's issue of Science. Researchers say that graphene, which has the potential to make transistors that operate at terahertz speeds, could one day supplant silicon as the basis for computer chips.