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April 14th, 2003

Silicon Valley may be headed down the nano tube

The life of the silicon chip industry may last 10 or more years longer, thanks to a new manufacturing process developed by scientists at NASA Ames. The novel method, announced in the April 14 issue of the journal Applied Physics Letters, includes use of extremely tiny carbon "nanotubes" instead of copper conductors to interconnect parts within integrated circuits (ICs). More


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