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Development of Novel Transistor with Combined Logic and Memory Functions with Power Consumption Reduced to One-Millionth that of Conventional Devices

– Road to the Development of a Zero Starting Time PC –

24 Dec, 2010

A novel transistor, the “atom transistor,” which performs both logic and memory functions while reducing power consumption to 1 x 10-6 that of the conventional devices, were successfully developed. This work is expected to accelerate the realization of zero-starting time personal computers (PC) and other electronic equipments.

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Fig. 1. Operating mechanism of an atom transistor. Metal cations/atoms supplied from the gate electrode form a conductive path between the source and the drain.

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Tsuyoshi Hasegawa1,2, Yaomi Itoh1,2, Hirofumi Tanaka3, Takami Hino1, Tohru Tsuruoka1,2, Kazuya Terabe1, Hisao Miyazaki1, Kazuhito Tsukagoshi1, Takuji Ogawa3, Shu Yamaguchi2,4, Masakazu Aono1

  1. International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
  2. Japan Science and Technology Agency, CREST
  3. Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science
  4. Department of Materials Engineering, The University of Tokyo

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