Lasers and vaporizers can’t kill these chips! Researchers at Caltech have been testing a special component embedded in microchips that are capable of self-healing, making them less susceptible to damage from environmental conditions and other harmful impacts.
They found that their chips could fix themselves and keep on working even after being blasted by lasers.
According to TechNewsWorld, researches observed that even after vaporizing different components of the chips, the tiny power amplifiers they had built recovered the functions previously built in.
This emerging technology is a big deal!
On the average smartphone, if a single transistor is impaired it is enough to make the device unworkable.
This genius technology in the Caltech chips are equipped with a type of “digital immune system,” that, similar to the human body, can bring in new resources to replace whatever has been damaged. In fact, when the chips were first hit by the laser they wasted a lot of power. They then kicked into healing mode and automatically contrived a way to change, in order to keep working efficiently.
Right now, if a microchip on your device is harmed or burns out, the whole system fails, not to mention all of the data stored in it. While the technology would serve consumers in diminishing tech support hours and dollars spent on new chips, electronics recyclers and companies, like HOBI International Inc, who are implementing mobile asset disposition programs will be required to set new standards for complete data erasure.
ITAD organizations and certified electronics recyclers will have to beware of the devices that acquire the self-healing chip technology when the time comes due to the contending chip wars between Intel and ARM. Competition between the two companies for the self-healing chip could become extremely heated.
Intel, with its chips found primarily in PCs and Macs, is fighting to be included in the rapidly growing tablet and smartphone markets. The makers of ARM chips, (Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung, Nvidia and others) which are primarily found in mobile devices, would like to see their presence in the tablet PCs.
The competition revolving around chips is divided. In order to gain more ground against Intel, the most popular chip maker to date, ARM partnered with Microsoft. Since there will be different chips placed in different tablet, PC and smartphone brands, consumers will wonder exactly what they are buying. Will their device have self-healing powers with the innovative chip or will it fail to repair itself after minuscule damage?
If lasers and vaporizers can’t stop these chips from dying now, imagine how scientists will continue to improve the technology so that is longer lasting and nearly indestructible.