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nanowire  general term referring to strongly two-dimensionally confined (ultra-small diameter in deep sub-100 nm regime) pieces of a solid in the form of tubes, rods, and similar elongated cylindrical structures; very high surface to volume ratio; possible building blocks of functional digital systems in post-CMOS era; nanowires can be divided into organic (carbon nanotube) and inorganic (semiconductor, e.g. silicon and metal, e.g. platinum).
carbon nanotube  typically a rolled sheets of hexagonal carbon structures in the "chicken wire"-like form; due to ultra-small diameter (sub-100 nm) should provide, in theory, faster switching than any of today's semiconductor structures; single nanotube transistor (FET)is considered for switching applications in post-CMOS era; depending on structure can also display metallic properties.
post-CMOS  term refers to the new generation of devices that will perform digital functions after further scaling of CMOS won't be possible due to insurmountable physical barriers; e.g. EOT of gate oxide will have to be reduced to zero.

Reference: See what after CMOS?
silicon nanowire, SiNW  micrometer scale in length and deep sub-micrometer (10 -100 nm) in diameter piece of typically crystalline silicon; single wire contains one functional device such as MOSFET; interconnected nanowires form a circuit; ultra-small geometry of nanowire devices is defined by the geometry of the wire itself and not by the conventional methods of pattern definition.
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silicon nanowire, SiNW  micrometer scale in length and deep sub-micrometer (10 -100 nm) in diameter piece of typically crystalline silicon; single wire contains one functional device such as MOSFET; interconnected nanowires form a circuit; ultra-small geometry of nanowire devices is defined by the geometry of the wire itself and not by the conventional methods of pattern definition.
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