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2D materials show brain-like learning

Scalable electronic synapses fabricated using multilayer hexagonal boron nitride sheets can emulate both long- and short-term plasticity, with an ultralow standby power consumption of 1 fW.

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Fig. 1: Emulating synaptic behaviour in metal/hBN/metal devices.


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Hussain, M.M., El-Atab, N. 2D materials show brain-like learning. Nat Electron 1, 436–437 (2018).

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