'Nanomechanical Oscillators' Could Lead to New Class of Computers

Friday, May 2, 2008 - 07:07 in Physics & Chemistry

More than 50 years ago, a graduate student in Japan conceived the “Parametron,” an electrical circuit that could form the basis for digital computers. The concept ultimately fell flat, but recently a pair of scientists gave new life to the idea, and their work could be a first step toward a nanomechanical computer that is based on mechanical rather than electrical operations.

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