A group of engineers at The University of Texas at Austin may have found a new material for manufacturing even smaller computer chips that could replace silicon and help overcome one of the biggest challenges facing the tech industry in decades: the inevitable end of Moore's Law.
In 1965, Gordon Moore, founder of Intel, predicted the number of transistors that could fit on a computer chip would double every two years, while the cost of computers would be cut in half.
Almost a quarter century later and Moore's Law continues to be surprisingly accurate.
Silicon has been used in most electronic devices because of its wide availability and ideal semiconductor properties.
There simply isn't enough room on existing chips to keep doubling the number of transistors.
Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering are searching for other materials with semiconducting properties that could form the basis for an alternative chip.