Scalable nanomechanical information processing (2017–2020)
This project aims to build the first scalable computer architecture based on nanoscale motion on a silicon chip.
Such nanomechanical computers could extend computing performance in space and earth-orbit applications, and
in other environments where intense radiation causes digital electronics to fail. They could operate with very low
power consumption and, ultimately, unprecedented gate density through miniaturisation down to the molecular
scale. The project will utilise recent advances in nanomechanics and nanofabrication; will demonstrate all key
nanomechanical circuit elements, including transistors, logic gates, memories and analogue-to-digital converters;
and will deliver a roadmap for commercialisation of the technology in Australia.