|A team of electrical engineers at Stanford University today announced the creation of the first-ever computer based on carbon nanotubes rather than silicon chips. "People have been talking about a new era of carbon nanotube electronics moving beyond silicon," said Stanford professor Subhasish Mitra.
Carbon nanotubes -- long chains of carbon atoms thousands of times thinner than a human hair -- have the potential to be more energy-efficient and "take us at least an order of magnitude in performance beyond where you can project silicon could take us," according to H.S. Philip Wong, another member of the Stanford team.
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