On Feb 14, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced and highlighted the advent of a new transistor recently invented in Professor Kaustav Banerjee’s Nanoelectronics Research Lab, through its Engineering Innovation Radio Series, on air since 2003
The new transistor that employs atomically-thin semiconducting channel material and quantum mechanical tunneling lowers power dissipation by over 90% compared to the state-of-the-art silicon transistors. The breakthrough invention was reported in the October 1, 2015 issue of the journal Nature, and has triggered worldwide media coverage.
The NAE works with WTOP Radio, the Washington, D.C. region’s most listened-to radio station, and the WFED 1500 AM, the nation’s only radio station specifically dedicated to covering news related to the federal government, to provide weekly features highlighting engineering innovations and stories that add technical context to issues in the news. The podcasts of such news are also made available by the NAE in their Radio News Archive.
Professor Banerjee’s transistor has provided a new platform for next-generation energy-efficient computing and sensing, and could potentially accelerate emerging application paradigms such as the Internet of Things that promises unprecedented connectivity of people and information.
NAE Radio News Archive – “Reinventing the Transistor”