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July 23rd, 2007

Steampunk Meets Nanopunk, Building The New Mechanical Nano Computer

Abstract:
A new type of electromechanical computer built from components a millionth the thickness of the human hair could soon be gearing up to do high speed computation, according to researchers writing in the New Journal of Physics today.

Long before silicon chips were to be found at the heart of the computer, even before transistors and thermionic valves, there was the concept of the mechanical computer, a machine to be built from levers, ratchets and cogs, complete with brass fittings and a Victorian flourish. The mechanical computer was never to be, at least not while microelectronics devices could carry out computations incredibly quickly by shuffling electrons.

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