Earlier in March, IBM introduced world’s smallest computer boasting Quantum computing and blockchain technology. Well, it didn’t go unnoticed. The University of Michigan has created the tiniest computer that senses variable temperature, which is a tenth the size of IBM’s former record setter. Here is the look down of what this tiny piece of IC does.
World’s Tiniest Computer
The tiniest computer from the University of Michigan senses temperature and is so sensitive that its transmission LED could instigate currents in its circuits. Moreover, the size limitation has forced researchers to get creative to reduce the effect of light. They switched from diodes to switched capacitors.
Furthermore, they had to fight the relative increase in electrical noise that comes from running on a device that uses so little power. The resultant of this can measure changes in the small region, like a group of cells in your body.
What Is Its Use?
The scientist has suspected that tumors are slightly hotter than healthy tissue which has been difficult to test until now. The minuscule device could both check the claim and can provide a gauge to effective cancer treatments.
The team also envisions this helping to diagnose glaucoma from inside the eye, monitor biochemical processes, surveillance, oil reservoir monitoring and even to study tiny snails.
Is It A Computer?
Well, it is. It has a full-fledged processor based on an ARM Cortex-M0+ design, but it loses all data when it loses power (pretty much like IBM’s tiny computer), which could be a deal breaker for people who expect a computer to more complete.
This by far has pushed the limits of computing power and shows the nearly invisible computing, not just a significant reduction in size and drastic improvement in the processing power.