The World's First Programmable Nanoprocessor Takes Complex Circuitry to the Nanoscale

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 13:30 in Physics & Chemistry

Nanocomputers have been around for decades as a concept, but in actual practice they've been harder to come by. Now, engineers collaborating at Harvard and the MITRE Corporation have taken a huge step forward for the field of nanocomputing by creating the world's first programmable nanoprocessor. Enabled by a series of advances in the design of nanowire building blocks and the way they are synthesized to create completed nanocircuitry, the method allows for far more complex circuits to be assembled at very small scales. Described in a paper publishing today in the journal Nature, these super-small nanocircuits can be electronically programmed to carry out a variety of mathematic and logical functions. Related ArticlesPrintable Nanocircuits Promise to Make RFID Tags More Ubiquitous Than Bar CodesBacteria Colony May Grow Nanowires to Create Giant Living BiogeobatteryWorld's Smallest Pump is Powered by Nanowires with Glass ElectrodesTagsScience, Clay Dillow, energy, nanocomputers, nanoprocessor, nanotech, nanotechnology, nanowiresFurther, the technology...

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