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A team of scientists from the University of Illinois and Northrop Grumman Corp Electronics Systems has succeeded in creating a microscopic functioning radio constructed from carbon nanotubes, Reuters reports. The nanoradio consists of two radio frequency amplifiers, a radio frequency mixer and an audio amplifier, crafted from …
When I was a kid, back in the 50s, I did the same thing with technology which was then at least thirty years old -- a bit of lead ore called "galena" and a fine wire. A tuning coil and capacitor were helpful, but not absolutely necessary.
I'll be impressed when they turn out nanotube tubes (valves, auf Britisch) complete with filament, cathode, control grid, and anode. Screen grid and suppressor grid optional.
I think you missed the point that it's demonstration- they themselves said this application wasn't interesting. Obviously they still have a way to go, but demonstrating these properties are an important first step.
@oxo- It's not meant for radios or audio application. Think faster and smaller microprocessors that hopefully use less power and breathe more life into Moore's Law.
Since stem cells seem to be able to do anything these days and carbon nanotubes seem to be able to do anything these days I can't wait until someone releases a drink made of stem cells and carbon nanotubes; it should give me super powers. I just wonder how it will taste? Probably like Red Bull.
Blacker'n'Black evil super stealth aircraft chugging over friendly home base, flies through cloud of partial nanoradios suspended in atmosphere through "natural" forces. Nanoradio + Nanoblackpaint + atmospheric static electricity becomes highly visible complete nano radio transmitter. Bad black bogey brung low by blighty's bitsy boom box bits..
Yes? Maybe? No? Oh, I see....
OK, I think will stay anonymous on this one...
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I love these "to challenge silicon" stories.
We have been making integrated circuits on silicon chips since the early '70s and technological development had been driven rapidly by massive commercial investment. Those nanotubes are going to have to be very very good indeed to catch up as silicon has a three decade head start.
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