Size Matters: The First 1-MM Computer Ushers in a New Electronics Era

By JDavis | 3/1/11 6:30 AM

Researchers at the University of Michigan are onto something – the very first millimeter-scale computing system. Their developing prototypes for an implantable eye pressure monitor and a compact radio that needs no tuning will be have their debut at the upcoming International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco.

Their new millimeter-scale system is just one cubic millimeter in size and includes the complete package (an ultra low-power microprocessor, memory, battery power, and more). According to Bell’s Law, there’s a new generation of smaller and cheaper computers that make their appearance every decade, and at the University of Michigan, they believe that the future lies with millimeter computing.

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