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Carbon Fiber Shows Promise in MEMS Video Displays

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ITHACA, N.Y., Aug. 30, 2006 -- Engineers who develop microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) like to make their tiny machines out of silicon because it is cheap, plentiful and can be worked on with the tools already developed for making microelectronic circuits. There is just one problem: Silicon breaks too easily. For decades, researchers have been trying to make video displays using tiny mirrors mounted on silicon oscillators. But silicon won't oscillate fast enough and bend far enough.Carbon fiber rods supporting this tiny mirror can be made to bend up to 90° millions of times without showing fatigue. The technology...Read full article

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