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Samsung finds a way to commercialize graphene, oiling the works for truly flexible devices

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Samsung finds a way to commercialize graphene, oiling the works for truly flexible devices
Samsung today announced that it has developed a "breakthrough synthesis method" that speeds up the mass-production and further commercialization of graphene, which is considered to be one of the most promising nanomaterials that could revolutionize the electronics industry. 

It appears that Samsung has been collaborating with the Sungkyunkwan University on this new manufacturing method, which enables the production of large and thin sheets of graphene. Yes, similar methods existed before, but it is said that unlike them, this one does not lessen the mechanical properties of the nanomaterial.

“This is one of the most significant breakthroughs in graphene research in history,” the researchers at Samsung's Advanced Institute of Technology claimed. “We expect this discovery to accelerate the commercialization of graphene, which could unlock the next era of consumer electronic technology.”

But what makes graphene so valuable to the electronics industry? It is a very thin, one-atom thick hexagonal grid of graphite atoms. Graphene is not only 100 times more durable than steel with the same thickness, it's also a zero-gap semiconductor, superior to the widely-used silicon. Under normal conditions, graphene is almost invisible, very light and whoppingly strong at the same time – the scientists that first isolated it back in 2004 state that a square meter of the nanomaterial tips the scales at just 1mg, but it would easily support a 4kg weight without breaking.

The possibilities before the nanomaterial are endless and Samsung suggests that one of the potential uses of graphene is in “flexible displays, wearables, and other next generation electronic devices”. Samsung's involvement with graphene might indeed speed up its commercialization and wider adoption. Hopefully, graphene will pave the way for truly flexible and even more curious electronic devices.

source: Samsung, Wikipedia via Engadget

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posted on 04 Apr 2014, 09:08 9

1. jrod78414 (Posts: 99; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


whooooaaa

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 10:40 1

10. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1185; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


whooooaaaaaaa!! I can't wait to see Samsung to use this on SGS6. That will be the day for me finally getting a Samsung phone :D I'm like a smartphone slut haha
Phone History
Blackberry Storm 2 -> Motorola Atrix 4G -> HTC One X -> LG Nexus 4 -> Sony Xperia Z2
Samsung you are next and please make be happy :D

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 09:29 3

2. fzacek (Posts: 1152; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


This means much better processors.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 17:52 1

15. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


There is there Exynos 5422 and 5450 awaiting to be used, but pathetic Oems are not providing good batteries and not using heat sinks or materials to compensate heat due to costing them extra 20 to 30 Euros more.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 09:31 17

3. nlbates66 (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


in before Apple gets granted the patent for flexible devices made of graphene.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 19:20

18. express77 (unregistered)


funny but sadly true.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 09:38 9

4. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 626; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


nice move.. great technology samsung

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 09:38 15

5. Diego! (Posts: 500; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


Now this is innovation!!! Apple patenting graphene for constructing new iPhones in 3, 2, 1...

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 10:47

11. nctx77 (Posts: 435; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


You would be surprised what Apple is working on behind closed doors. They are just a secretive company and don't show off prototypes and such on stage. Other companies do, but it gives you the impression that the product is ready for mass production and it's not.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 15:16

24. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


yeah im surprised because at the end all technologies they made came from others (copied)

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 11:12

12. Ashoaib (Posts: 1200; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


If I am not wrong apple already holds a patent for graphene... apple is clever, they play smart. They keep eye on what is going on in new researches and take patent before even anything has done... moreover, they have their home office, USPTO, which grant them patent for anything thinkable

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 17:54 3

16. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Apple pays USPTO such amount of money that no other company can afford to pay what Apple bribes.

When you have billions in offshore, you can patent and bribe anyone, even Obama ,,,,,

Pathetic patent trolls

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 09:59 2

6. wilsong17 (Posts: 707; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


The next big thing +1

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 10:14 3

7. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Brace your self!!!!
Truly flexible devices are coming!!!

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 17:56

17. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Yea more like cheap plastic coming,,, to be honest if it was class quality like Sapphire then we are talking just like Apple believing in prestige and not cheap junk plastic.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 22:20 1

21. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


What happened to you guys????
From when plastic is considered as cheap....plastic is in your daily life....without plastic we will be in 1950's now....
pls stop this plastic crap thing....
Plastic is superior to aluminium...
It is durable, bendable, doesn't scratch or dent easily.....over all light and thin....
come out of apple world....

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 06:02

22. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Plastic on expensive items is dirt junk cheap.

Plastic table, then wood, then glass and oak.

No one wants plastic on a high end devices

It shows how cheap thinking of them and to rinse more money from us consumers.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 10:19 4

8. papss (unregistered)


First I have to say SS fans are obsessed with Apple...
Great job SS.. this is truly groundbreaking and I can't wait to see what they come up with. Them being a semiconductor mfg this will help tremendously

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 10:22

9. Bioload25 (Posts: 189; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


WOW!!

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 11:14

13. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1087; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


yay! new tech! and they didnt copy it!

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 11:16 3

14. Ashoaib (Posts: 1200; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Thank you samsung!
you are really revolutionizing the industry

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 20:28 2

19. gigaraga (Posts: 468; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


REAL INNOVATION! Just like always Samsung!~ :D

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 20:32 2

20. Taters (Posts: 2579; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Samsung is always on the cutting edge of everything which made it a real disappointment that they couldn't make the GS5 smaller than the S4 while adding that QHD screen and keeping everything powerful about the GS5.

If anyone could have pulled it off, it was them.

Sony and HTC definitely didn't have a snowballs chance in hell of doing that.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 15:06

23. talon95 (Posts: 60; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Sweet. Now we're talking breakthrough innovation. Graphene cases that are durable, processors that are faster, batteries that charge in minutes and last longer, and all in a flexible wearable device. This is finally the kind of R&D that deserves a patent. I hope they license it so that there is more than one manufacturer option (but I'll forgive them if they leave Apple out in the cold). Any company that thinks a few software features are worth $40 doesn't deserve to exist. By those standards licensing graphene is worth $1000 per device.

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