Nanomedicine, Volume I: Basic Capabilities
© 1999 Robert A. Freitas Jr. All Rights Reserved.
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Nanomedicine, Volume I: Basic Capabilities, Landes Bioscience, Georgetown, TX, 1999
7.4.4 Interdevice Messaging
Physically linked nanomachines may communicate with each other through their tethers or network connections. Messaging between physically separated in vivo nanodevices will normally take place via acoustic or chemical, and occasionally mechanical or optical, modalities.
Interdevice communications has been extensively discussed in both free-tissue (broadcast) and cable contexts for chemical messaging (Sections 7.2.1 and 126.96.36.199), acoustic messaging (Sections 7.2.2 and 188.8.131.52), electromagnetic messaging (Sections 7.2.3 and 184.108.40.206-2), mechanical tapping and cable messaging (Sections 7.2.4 and 220.127.116.11), metamorphic surface reconfigurations (Section 18.104.22.168) and network configurations (Section 7.3). The general conclusion is that untethered free nanorobots will typically have maximum interdevice communication ranges on the order of ~100-200 microns; interdevice messaging much beyond that distance probably must be handled by a local or wide-area communications network.
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