[NetBehaviour] Antique engines inspire nano chip.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Jul 26 11:17:59 CEST 2007

Antique engines inspire nano chip.

The blueprint for a tiny, ultra-robust mechanical computer has been 
outlined by US researchers. The energy-efficient nano computer is 
inspired by ideas about computing first put forward nearly 200 years ago.

Writing in the New Journal of Physics, the scientists say the machine 
would be built from nanometre-sized components, just billionths of a 
metre across.

Chips based on the design could be used in places, such as car engines, 
where silicon can be too delicate, they said.

"What we are proposing is a new type of computing architecture that is 
only based on nano-mechanical elements," said Professor Robert Blick of 
the University of Wisconsin-Madison and one of the authors of the 
journal paper.


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