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Samsung discovers ‘wonder material’ to create the flexible phones of the future

Samsung has discovered a new ‘wonder material’ that it claims can be used to give displays the greatest level of flexibility ever seen.

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The Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology [SAIT] found a breakthrough synthesis method that can hasten the commercialisation of graphene, which has 100 times greater electron mobility than the silicon that is used in most semiconductors today.

“This is one of the most significant breakthroughs in graphene research in history,” said the laboratory leaders at SAIT’s Lab. “We expect this discovery to accelerate the commercialization of graphene, which could unlock the next era of consumer electronic technology.”

SAIT worked in partnership with Sungkyungkwan University’s School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering where it found the new method of growing large area, single crystal wafer scale graphene. The new method doesn’t use the original multi-crystal synthesis but instead a single-crystal on a semiconductor that repeatedly synthesizes.

The end result is a perfect material for Samsung to use in flexible displays, wearables and next generation electronic devices, according to the firm, and is more durable than steel with high heat conductibility as well as flexibility.

Yahoo adds that graphene can bring Internet to smartphones at a speed that is 100 times faster than today due to the fact that it can convert light more quickly than materials that are used in the smartphone components of today.

Samsung has already released a flexible screen smartphone in the shape of the Galaxy Round that first saw the light of day last year and suffered from low sales numbers that meant just 100 units were shifted per day following its release.

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An interview in November stated the company could release completely bendable and foldable phones to market by 2015 and the graphene technology will expect to be a large part of this strategy.