Glasgow gets funding to ‘revolutionise’ electronics

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The University of Glasgow has received £750,000 of European funding and claims its work could ‘revolutionise’ the electronics industry.

The three projects – DUALLOGIC, NANOSIL and REALITY – will support research aimed at creating a new generation of faster and bigger chips to power consumer electronics products. Lead investigator of the Glasgow side of the projects is Professor Asen Asenov. He said: ““The … projects will be particularly important for the vibrant and innovative UK design industry, which increasingly needs wider access to this kind of technology and device knowledge in order to remain competitive in an international market. “Ten years ago, mobile phones were designed to make phone calls; now they are used for taking photos, listening to music and accessing the internet. Who knows what this research will bring us in the next 10 years?” DUALLOGIC, which launched at the end of January, will investigate the possibilities of incorporating new channel materials into the production of chips that will make them faster and more powerful. Previously, researchers have used separately germanium and compound semiconductors in order to increase the performance of individual transistors. However, this project will, for the first time, investigate the possibilities of combining these two different channel materials in a single chip made on silicon substrate. Meanwhile, NANOSIL and REALITY will launch later this year.