The smallest computer in the world
Scientists at the University of Michigan have created the world’s smallest computer with just two millimeters in diameter. Called the Michigan Micro …
Scientists at the University of Michigan have created the world’s smallest computer with just two millimeters in diameter. Dubbed the Michigan Micro Mote (M3), it consists of a mini-processor, and a 1-millimeter square solar cell that feeds its small battery.
“The M3 is a fully autonomous computer system that acts as an intelligent detection system. These devices help usher in the age of the Internet of Things, where people connect to things and other people through the cloud. Teams have to be small in order to perceive the world around us without being intrusive, and they have to operate with extremely low energy, “said David Blaauw, research manager.
In this way, the Michigan Micro Mote is the first complete and operational computer system with only two millimeters in diameter. “To be complete, a computer system must have a data entry, the ability to process that data, that is, process and store them, and make decisions about what to do next and ultimately the ability to deliver results. The sensors are the input and the radios are the output. The other key to being a complete team is the ability to self-sustain energy, “he added.
The M3 contains solar cells that power the battery with ambient light, even in rooms without natural daylight, which allows the computer to run perpetually.