Thursday, October 15, 2009
"Circuit, heal thyself" is the motto of the Self-HEALing mixed-signal Integrated Circuits (HEALICs) program at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency. Look for self-healing microchips for the military by 2012 and for the rest of us within five years. R.C.J.
DARPA recently granted defense contractor Raytheon a phase one $5.5 million award to design, fabricate and test self-healing circuits. Raytheon is crafting smarter radio-frequency (RF) and mixed-signal (analog+digital) microchips that sense their own malfunctions and automatically heal themselves. Raytheon is partnering with both the California Institute of Technology and North Carolina State University on the contract, which will be worth $11 million total if phase two is subsequently awarded too.
Posted by R. Colin Johnson at 9:13 AM