After powerful, thinner, smaller and smarter smartphones, flexible phones are expected to rule the markets. Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures (LANES) created a new chip-making material that can soon compete with Silicon. According to Scientists, they have created a prototype made using Molybdenum disulphide, or Molybdenite (MoS2) which is a thick material that can compete head-on-head with Silicon. The natural material is only three atoms thick and is efficient to make chips three times smaller than the current standard. This can be utilized in making smaller and most efficient mobile phones. At the same time smartphones can become flexible.
“It’s a two-dimensional material, very thin and easy to use in nanotechnology. It has real potential in the fabrication of very small transistors, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and solar cells,” says EPFL Professor Andras Kis. “In a 0.65-nanometer-thick sheet of MoS2, the electrons can move around as easily as in a 2-nanometer-thick sheet of silicon. But it’s not currently possible to fabricate a sheet of silicon as thin as a monolayer sheet of MoS2.” explains Kis.
Molybdenite that can be used in making transistors will consumes 100,000 times less energy in standby state than the traditional silicon transistors. According to a known source, lack of compact LTE chip is one reason Apple did not go an iPhone 5 this year. Recently, we have learnt that a German based company is expected to come-up with a nano-SIM card. Now, an innovative chip material like Molybdenite will allow companies to introduce high-powered processors with lesser in volume size and with reduced mass. This will drive the mobile world to the next level in the coming years. Nokia at the recent Nokia World Conference 2011 in London showcased a futuristic flexible phones, which allowed users to navigate by bending and twisting the screen to scroll through options and zoom in and out. These phones aren't meant for immediate launch, but parked for the future.