The University of Wuppertal becomes a new partner in the EU FET-Open Project ORIGENAL, which is coordinated by Daniel Neumaier.
The project is ORIGENAL, proposes a radically new approach to further increase the number of transistors on a chip. "The idea is relatively simple," says Daniel Neumaier "What we want to do is to use the properties of certain two-dimensional materials to create extremely thin integrated circuits on a thin-film substrate and then fold the substrate like origami to lay up to a thousand circuits on top of each other.
Even if the idea seems simple, the implementation is not. The ORIGENAL project requires the expertise of now five different research groups located in Germany, Austria, Italy and Finland and uses an interdisciplinary approach including contributions from the fields of materials science, electrical and mechanical engineering, physics and chemistry. The benefits of this effort can be enormous. More transistors on a chip mean more complex and powerful components, especially for applications such as neuromorphic computing, which are based on densely interconnected architectures such as those envisaged in ORIGENAL.