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Graphene allows for unheard of wireless data transfer

Graphene allows for unheard of wireless data transfer

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March 7, 2013

Engineering research continues to turn up new possibilities of the latest wonder material, graphene, as a group from the Georgia Institute of Technology has found a way to use it to produce a wireless data transfer hundreds of times faster than anything available with current technology, according to Technology Review.

The researchers, led by professor Ian Akyildiz, found that an arrangement of tiny strips of graphene - a material composed of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb pattern - could be used to produce an antenna theoretically capable of transferring data at a rate of 100 terabits per second, up to 500 times faster than modern technologies.

"It's a gigantic volume of bandwidth. Nowadays, if you try to copy everything from one computer to another wirelessly, it takes hours," explained Akyildiz. "If you have this, you can do everything in one second—boom."

There are plenty of difficulties to overcome, since manufacturers would need to be able to handle a large amount of very fine graphene strips and be able to scale other components appropriately, but the potential could revolutionize many computer technologies.

Electronics Weekly reports that graphene has also enabled researchers to produce capacitors with high energy density, potentially leading dramatic changes in energy storage.

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