Motorola builds slimmed-down transistor

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Motorola builds slimmed-down transistor

Motorola claims to have built the world’s thinnest transistor – a development that could lead to drastically smaller computing devices.

Company officials say the device was made with a class of material called perovskites, which would replace silicon dioxide in the production of integrated circuits. The new technology allows for transistors three to four times thinner than those built with conventional semiconductor materials.

Motorola said the thinner transistors could eventually put the processing power of a desktop computer into a device as small as a wireless phone. One official said he expects such devices to be commercially available in four to five years.

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