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'World's thinnest' metallic lines drive miniaturisation

Scientists from Singapore, the UK and South Korea have created what they say are the smoothest and thinnest metallic lines, which could help make electronics smaller
Written by Kevin Kwang, Contributor on

A group of international scientists have collaborated to create what they say is the world's thinnest and smoothest metallic lines, for use in electronic components. The technological breakthrough will aid in future miniaturisation of devices, they say.

Singapore's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) unveiled on Tuesday that scientists from the institute, the University of Cambridge and Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea have succeeded in creating metallic lines so thin and smooth that they can only be seen using electron microscopes.

"Our thin, unbroken and smooth lines are important in ensuring the efficiency of ever-shrinking electronic devices and may lead to more powerful processors," MSM Saifullah, a research scientist with IMRE, said in the media statement. "Furthermore, our work shows that continuous metallic lines as small as 4nm are possible to make."

For more on this story, see 'World's thinnest' metal lines to spur device miniaturization on ZDNet Asia.

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