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SCI/TECH: Self-Healing Computers Becoming Reality

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posted on Jul, 31 2004 @ 10:58 AM
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IBM has recently announced that they have developed a new chip morphing technology that allows semiconductors to repair themselves without human intervention. The new technology is called eFUSE and will revolutionize the way the microprocessors work in harsh environments. The technology works off of the principle of electromigration, which in the past has been considered detremental to chip design.
 



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Challenging laser fuse techniques, IBM today announced a chip morphing technology based on electromigration it says can allow a new class of semiconductor products that monitor and adjust their functions without human intervention.

Called eFUSE, the technology is part of a built-in self-repair system that constantly monitors a chipís functionality. eFUSE works by combining software algorithms and microscopic electrical fuses, opposed to laser fuses, to produce chips that can regulate and adapt their own actions in response to changing conditions and system demands, according to IBM.




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eFUSE works kind of like the traffic controller for a system of roads. If problems are detected the technology will close old, defective, circuit paths and open new, working ones.

Imagine the Mars rover breaking down and then automatically healing itself. Imagine computers injected into the human body to monitor vital body functions that malfunction and then repairing themselves.

While this technology is only applied to processors it is almost too easy to speculate that soon similar technology will be produced for hard disk drives and other crucial computer components.



[edit on 31-7-2004 by Nerdling]



E_T

posted on Jul, 31 2004 @ 03:51 PM
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Yeah, satellites and probes would benefit hugely from this.



Originally posted by lockheed
While this technology is only applied to processors it is almost too easy to speculate that soon similar technology will be produced for hard disk drives....

Only electrical faults, not mechanical faults!



posted on Jul, 31 2004 @ 05:26 PM
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Originally posted by E_T
Only electrical faults, not mechanical faults!


Yeah, I don't see how a read/write head could repair itself.



posted on Aug, 1 2004 @ 11:50 PM
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eh.... that's just alternate routing!

it's not like hundreds of molecul sized machines will jump out and fix up the burned line!



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