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Insulator Gives Plastic Transistors a Boost

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Science  05 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5403, pp. 771
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5403.771a

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If all-plastic displays for laptop computers or mobile phones are to make a commercial debut, researchers will have to overcome a major drawback of polymer electronics: Polymer transistors, which would be needed by the thousands in a display, require impractically high voltages to make them work. Now, by simply changing an insulating material in a polymer transistor, a team of IBM researchers reports on page 822 that they have cut the voltage it needs to a level comparable with the amorphous silicon used in today's displays.