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Edinburgh researchers and others have devised a way to use nano-cantilevers to charge carbon nanotube transistors with binary values faster and more power-efficiently than NAND cells get charged. Once again the scientists raise the possibility of their invention replacing flash, as many have done before. As reported in Nature …

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Cantilever?

Dunno why they call it a cantilever, it is a simple spring as far as I can see, but ingenious non the less.

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but

What happens if you drop it?

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Etch-a-sketch

Do you just have to give it a good shake to erase the memory?

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Love it

Engineering at it's best. Very simple, elegant and original solution.

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a question of scale

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Presumably at that scale, the cantilever it is far too small to be bend under the kind of deceleration it would encounter on being dropped. I mean, if you drop an ant it doesn't go splat.

No ants were harmed in the production of this post.

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Antz

The ant doesn't go splat because its terminal velocity is small. Try dropping an ant glued to the bottom of a hard drive: it will go splat indeed. But I agree with you that any such danger is probably easily mitigated by mechanical isolation, as is currently done in hard drives: read heads do not like being slammed into the magnetic media either.

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nice

so it has very low power consumption and latency barely twice of DRAM? There must be a catch somewhere.

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maybe

it would be the incredibly reasonable price of gold...oh wait...so that's what all those cash for gold firms are doing with what they buy :¬D

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Z1

Can we build a Z1 on a chip now?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z1_%28computer%29

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Pint

We've come full circle...

Storing digital data by way of little tiny 'Morse code' hand keys.

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So the gate is isolated by an air gap rather than a silicon oxide layer.

Rather like those microchip valves developed by GEC and IIRC Los Alamos in the 80s for nuclear use.

This looks a lot more reproducible.

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Boffin

Maxwell's Demon

I wonder if thermal noise would be sufficient to flex this over -- it looks like a wonderful way for Maxwell's demon to communicate with the macro world.

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"Give me a fulcrum and I will move the world."

"Give me a fulcrum and I will move the world."

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Welcome

Bah.

Moving parts wear out. Good luck with your electron microscope and soldering iron to fix.

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