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Low-powered tunneling transistor for high-performance devices at low voltage

December 12, 2013

scanning electron microscope top view of the TFET A new type of transistor that could make possible, fast and low-powered computing devices for energy-constrained applications such as smart sensor networks, implantable medical electronics and ultra-mobile computing is feasible, according to Penn State University researchers. Called a near broken-gap tunnel field effect transistor, the new device uses the quantum mechanical tunneling of electrons through an ultra-thin energy barrier to provide high current at low voltage. Full Story

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