Babbage-esque mechanical computer chip

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9 Responses to “Babbage-esque mechanical computer chip”

  1. LightningRose says:

    Where’s the obligatory electron scan micro-photograph?

  2. Anonymous says:

    A very interesting development but an inverter is not the basis for many logic circuits.

    You can’t build a computer out of inverters like you can NAND or NOR gates.

  3. Richard Kirk says:

    Reply to #3…

    Hang on. The obligatory bug that is supposed to pose on it has wandered off somewhere. Don’t move anyone: he can’t have got far…

  4. billstewart says:

    That’s already PDP-11 / VAX speed – so it’s getting to be a real computer.

  5. Anonymous says:

    30-40 years ago, the place I work at was real big on fluidics, which made tiny mechanical logical elements that ran on fluids.

  6. InclinedPlane says:

    This doesn’t sound Babbage-esque at all, it sounds like an electro-mechanical relay, such as were used in early computers like the Mark 1, the Bletchley-Park Bombe, and Zuse’s Z machines.

  7. Anonymous says:

    And thus science fiction has once again told the future:

    “Here resided the rod logic that made the paper smart. Each of these spherical computers was linked to its four neighbors, north-east-southwest, by a bundle of flexible pushrods running down a flexible, evacuated buckytube, so that the page as a whole constituted a parallel computer made up of about a billion separate processors.”

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