New semiconductor research may extend integrated circuit battery life tenfold

Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology, international semiconductor consortium SEMATECH and Texas State University have demonstrated that use of new methods and materials for building integrated circuits can reduce power—extending battery life to 10 times longer for mobile applications compared to conventional transistors.

The key to the breakthrough is a tunneling field effect transistor. Transistors are switches that control the movement of electrons through material to conduct the electrical currents needed to run circuits. Unlike standard transistors, which are like driving a car over a hill, the tunneling field effect transistor is more like tunneling through a hill, says Sean Rommel, associate professor of electrical and microelectronic engineering.

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Researchers:

Sean Rommel, Rochester Institute of Technology

David Pawlik, Rochester Institute of Technology

Brian Romanczyk, Rochester Institute of Technology

Paul Thomas, Rochester Institute of Technology