We examine designs and operational characteristics of a candidate for universal memory: carbon-nanotube-based electromechanical data storage devices. Memory cells based on the bending of cantilever and suspended carbon nanotubes, and the relative motion of the walls of carbon nanotubes are discussed. These devices show fast write and read speeds, high cell density, and allow nonvolatile operation.

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DOI: 10.1016/S1369-7021(08)70120-2