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Engineers have developed a computer chip made of tiny "nanowires" whose computing functions can be changed by applying small electric currents.

These "programmable logic tiles" may represent the building blocks of a new generation of ever-smaller computers.

Instead of etching chips down from chunks of material, the nanoprocessors can be built up from minuscule parts.

The work, reported in Nature, may outpace the shrinking of chips made with current manufacturing techniques.

The group led by Charles Lieber of Harvard University has spent the last few years developing the nanowires - each made of a core of the element germanium and sheathed in a silicon shell, thousands of times thinner than a human hair.
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putting small parts together is much more intensive and expensive than making small etchings in chunks of metal
    
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putting small parts together is much more intensive and expensive than making small etchings in chunks of metal
I could have sworn that's why they developed etchings techniques in the first place?
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I could have sworn that's why they developed etchings techniques in the first place?
yep
    
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