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A New Ultrathin Films Has the Potential to Power Internet of Things

A New Ultrathin Films Has the Potential to Power Internet of Things
The Siliconreview
18 January, 2018

The Scientists of the Aalto University in Finland have designed and fabricated printable, organic thin films that have the ability to retain data for more than 10 years without power, can work with low voltages and has the capacity to handle the data explosion that comes with IoT.

These Printable ultra thin films for “Neuromorphic” computers is inspired by the human brain and is created by Sayani Majumdar along with her colleagues from Aalto University.

Explaining the design, Majumdar says "The technology and design of neuromorphic computing are advancing more rapidly than its rival revolution, quantum computing."

"The key is to achieve the extreme energy-efficiency of a biological brain and mimic the way neural networks process information through electric impulses," she added. 

The design is intended to reduce the dependency on current transistors in computer chips that won't be much use in future.

Internet of Things (IoT) needs components and chips that can handle huge quantities of data. By 2020, it is predicted that there will be 50 billion industrial internet sensors.

"Our junctions are made out of organic hydrocarbon materials and they would reduce the amount of toxic heavy metal waste in electronics. We can also make thousands of junctions a day at room temperature without them suffering from the water or oxygen in the air." The Indian origin researcher reveals.

"What we are striving for now, is to integrate millions of our tunnel junction memristors into a network on a one square centimeter area," she added.