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Silicon rival MoS2 promises small, low-energy chips

The first computer chip made out of a substance described as a “promising” alternative to silicon has been tested by researchers.

The Switzerland-based team used molybdenite (MoS2) – a dark-coloured, naturally occurring mineral.

The group said the substance could be used in thinner layers than silicon, which is currently the most commonly used component in electronics.

It said MoS2 could make smaller, more flexible chips that used less energy.

The substance is currently used as an ingredient in engine lubricants, ski waxes and as a strengthening agent for plastics.