Graphene microchips could result in faster, lighter phones
Graphene could end up being used to produce other materials found on a smartphone which should reduce the weight of a handset using the material. Several years ago, a Korean research company was able to create an OLED display using graphene and last month, a company called Appear Inc. said that it would launch a 5G phone using a graphene battery; this would be the first phone with such a component and would also be the lightest 5G smartphone. Expected to be launched next month, the phone will be manufactured by Foxconn and one million units are forecast to be sold in the first six months. The device would use a new innovative water-resistant technology. Appear is known for its Graphene Super 20 Power Bank, which recharges in 20 minutes using the company’s proprietary Fast Charge battery technology. The company will soon integrate its graphene battery technology into a smartphone.
Alan Dalton, a professor at the school of mathematical and physics sciences at the University of Sussex, said, “We’re mechanically creating kinks in a layer of graphene. It’s a bit like nano-origami. This kind of technology – ‘straintronics’ using nanomaterials as opposed to electronics – allows space for more chips inside any device. Everything we want to do with computers – to speed them up – can be done by crinkling graphene like this.”