February 26, 2011

Posted in: Computers, Hardware

Smallest Computer in the World Measures 1-Cubic-Millimeter

Researchers might have unveiled the world’s smallest computer. At just 1-cubic-millimeter, “the thing stuffs a pressure sensor, memory, thin-film battery, solar cell, wireless radio, and low-power microprocessor all into one very small translucent container.” One practical application is tracking glaucoma in the eye without the use of contacts.

The processor behind this little guy uses an “extreme” sleep mode to keep it napping at 15-minute intervals and sucking up 5.3 nanowatts while awake, and its battery runs off 10 hours of indoor light or one and a half hours of sun beams.


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