The Graphene Pavilion MWC 2018, in Barcelona was an all-graphene optical communication link from Italy’s National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), which was also showing on the Ericsson booth.
A transmitter and detector both made from graphene can detect and modulate light very fast at a very low power consumption,” (Frank Koppens).
It might be pushing 5G as hard as it can, but the telecoms industry knows that more radios means more heat in antennas and data centres – and ofcourse in 5G phones.
“5G requires speed and low power consumption, and that’s what graphene is good at,”
Although it’s been sweeping onto the market in various ways and in a great variety of products, for graphene to truly go mainstream in the world of electronics, something critical has to happen; commercial mass-production. That’s risky (for established big bussinesses).
“It always takes a long time for new materials to get into mass production,” says Koppens, from the Institute of Photonic Science (ICFO), Bafcelona, as the scientific Chairman of the Graphene Pavillion MWC 2018.. “The first transistor was invented in the 1950s using silicon, and it took another 30 years before we had microelectronics … graphene needs investors to take a risk.”
Is that means, in related to the future development of graphene based hi tech telecomunication devices, need to long await, yet still in highly dependence to the big companies instead. Do you agree? Let’s get Freifunk