[NetBehaviour] Happy snaps from a virus-infested chip.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Oct 6 15:18:10 CEST 2006
Happy snaps from a virus-infested chip.
Giving your digital camera a virus may not sound very smart, but a
memory chip that incorporates millions of viruses may just be the
fastest thing around.
By coating 30-nanometre-long chunks of tobacco mosaic virus with
platinum nanoparticles, it’s possible to create a transistor with very
fast switching speed. Millions of these transistors could eventually be
used in a memory chip to replace flash memory in mp3 players and digital
cameras, for example.
A camera fitted with a virus chip would take a few microseconds to
display an image, compared with the milliseconds taken by existing
devices, says Yang Yang of the University of California, Los Angeles,
whose team is working on the virus chip.
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