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Web Date: September 26, 2013

The Nanotube Computer Has Arrived

Electronics: Carbon-based alternative to silicon circuitry runs programs and executes instructions
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: carbon nanotube, computer, Moore’s law, nanotube computing, silicon, programming, transistors

The world’s first computer built with carbon nanotubes has been unveiled by researchers at Stanford University (Nature 2013, DOI: 10.1038/nature12502). The machine—albeit very limited in function—is a major step toward energy-efficient alternatives to the silicon-based electronic components that dominate the computing and electronics landscape today.

Computer technology has long-followed Moore’s law, the prediction that every two years electronics firms will be able to double the number of transistors—the semiconducting building blocks . . .

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