07 Jul '15, 5pm

World’s smallest computer can fit on the edge of a nickel

World’s smallest computer can fit on the edge of a nickel

As part of the quest to give computing devices smaller, more efficient designs, University of Michigan researchers have spent over a decade working to develop what they believe is the world’s smallest complete computer, built on a cubic millimeter scale. The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, which currently houses an exhibit focused on the Micro Mote , estimates that close to 150 of the computers could fit inside a single thimble. University of Michigan faculty members David Blaauw, Dennis Sylvester, David Wentzloff, and Prabal Dutta, as well as several graduate students, have developed tiny computing units (on a millimeter scale) that are capable of harvesting solar power to utilize wireless communication, pressure and temperature sensors, and even still image and video processing. “To be ‘complete,’ a computer system must have an input of data, the ability to...

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