Implications of Nanotube Circuits

Researchers at Stanford University recently succeeded in designing a complex circuit made out of carbon nanotubes, which they demonstrated with a simple hand-shaking robot.  This advancement has several implications, in that it both demonstrates that complex circuits can indeed be made using carbon nanotubes, rather than Silicon, and that these circuits can be produced in the high yields necessary for commercial applications.  Although there are still several roadblocks present which must be overcome before carbon nanotubes become a viable option for miniaturizing transistors for small-scale electronics, it will likely be only a matter of time before additional research & development identifies a solution to these problems.  In any case, there is no doubt that Moore’s Law will continue to hold for the near future, and electronics will continue to miniaturize and grow in performance.

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