World's smallest ARM chip is the size of a grain of sand: made to be swallowed



Mobile computing is going to tinier and tinier scales, but you haven’t seen a chip this small. Freescale has made the world’s smallest ARM-based chip, the Kinetis KL02, measuring a mind-bogglingly tiny 1.9mm by 2.2mm.

It is a full microcontroller unit and that basically means it has a processor with RAM, ROM clock and I/O control units, making it a full-fledged computer.

It might not be the most powerful computer you’ve seen with a 48MHz 32-bit processor, 4KB of RAM and 32KB of internal storage, but you should look at this from another angle - this super tiny chip is supposed to be swallowed and be inside your body.

“We are working with our customers and partners on providing technology for their products that can be swallowed but we can’t really comment on unannounced products,” says Steve Tateosian, global product marketing manager for Freescale.

And the implications for medicine (including preventive medicine) could be just huge. The KL02 costs only 75 cents apiece which means that it is one of the first harbingers of the Internet of Things.

It could be not just in medications - at that price in the future it could be in our shoes tracking our daily steps, in pipes telling when there is leakage.. everywhere.



source: Wired

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13 Comments

1. dilse

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

mobile processors getting smaller and the screen sizes getting larger...

8. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

haha! but let's face it, this is more useful for the humanity than the next iPhone!

2. Mube1

Posts: 153; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Innovative

3. kostas12ldb

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

Swallowing micro-device?!? I see it as the next step to better individual tracking and personal data collection. IMO, this is not good news for humans. But that might be just me...

4. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Its only a matter of time before people will be able to post automatic status updates of how the food is digesting after they post the meal on facebook via Instagram.

5. anGel_pLayer

Posts: 54; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Revelation...

6. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

I hope in future some device will come that will boost my brain processing speed or how about photographic memory....... I am looking forward to future when device like this will also come..........

7. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

The Illuminati agenda?

12. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

that was the first thing i thought !

9. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

make it printable

10. bluescreen

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

made to be swallowed? are u freaking serious....i think i'll pass....unless of course it tastes like strawberries/raspberries....then ur whole inventory might be endangered..

11. Rayvelynn

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

OH HELL NO just another way for the government to control everything we do, yall don't need to everything about every person. I will not get sucked into this socialist country. I'm sorry yall tripping I ain't swallowing no chip either.

13. ZZTop

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

that goes with the insect sized drones flying around in our houses, with infrared cameras and tiny microphones. they could probably pack a cartridge of neuropoison to kill us . It's like 1984, technology's gotten too powerful..

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