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Researchers Find Better Way to Manufacture Fast Computer Chips
March 31, 2009
Engineers at Ohio State University are developing a technique for mass producing computer chips made from the same material found in pencils. Experts believe that graphene--the sheet-like form of carbon found in graphite pencils--holds the key to smaller, faster electronics. It might also deliver quantum mechanical effects that could enable new kinds of electronics.
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