Photo: Carbon Nanotube Processor
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Carbon nanotubes could change the way semiconductors are designed by ditching electrons as the basic method of storing and transporting data. Nanotubes can store data as vibrations instead, eliminating the need to build all those fat electron superhighways on the CPU in favor of a few lightly plucked bits of low-voltage, high-power tubes.
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