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

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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.

“We come across hundreds of [microcontrollers] embedded in the devices we use throughout the day,” says Tateosian. “For example, you may come across them when your alarm wakes you up, you brush your teeth, make your coffee, unlock your car door, open your garage, put down the car window, pay the parking meter, tell the time on your watch, measure your heart rate, distance, and pace. While running you may listen to your music player with several controllers inside, including in the ear buds themselves.”

source: Wired

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posted on 27 Feb 2013, 05:36 12

1. dilse (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 08:41 2

8. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


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

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 05:43 4

2. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


posted on 27 Feb 2013, 06:13 7

3. kostas12ldb (Posts: 51; Member since: 18 Feb 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...

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 06:41 2

4. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 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.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 06:43 2

5. anGel_pLayer (Posts: 54; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


posted on 27 Feb 2013, 06:44

6. SuperNexus (Posts: 127; Member since: 18 Jan 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..........

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 07:27 5

7. kobainez (Posts: 442; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

The Illuminati agenda?

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 19:45

12. Credo (Posts: 749; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

that was the first thing i thought !

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 11:56

9. kozza3 (Posts: 715; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

make it printable

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 13:46

10. bluescreen (Posts: 154; Member since: 22 Nov 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..

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 15:04

11. Rayvelynn (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jul 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.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 12:19

13. ZZTop (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Sep 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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