Axios via Business Insider A chipmaker is backing a startup with an unusual chip that’s supposed to be self-reinforcing.IBM, Microsoft, Samsung and other tech companies are working together to develop a chip that will self-repair when it gets damaged or needs to be repaired.IBMs chip, the Self-Repairable Solid-State Microwave, has been designed by MIT and Stanford researchers.
The chip uses a magnetic material that’s self-assembled and has a self, or “self-heal,” coating that protects it from corrosion.
The coating is not only self-leveling but also has a surface that’s resistant to water and dust.
“We have developed a selfhealing solid-state microprocessor for embedded systems,” the chipmaker said in a blog post.
“Our chips have a selfleveling, self-shielding, and self-detection coating.
The self-selfhealing and selfheal coating has no external coating.”IBM has worked with companies including Qualcomm and Qualcomm Technologies, a chipmaker in San Jose, Calif., to develop self-powered chips.
The company also partnered with Silicon Valley start-up OpenSource Robotics.
The chipmaker will be working with OpenSource to manufacture the chip and develop its patents, and will be using OpenSource’s technology to manufacture its chips, according to a company statement.
The self-less chip will have a 3-D surface to help it self-protect, so it can’t be scratched or bent by water or dust.
The new chip also has the capability to self-seal and also has an anti-corrosion coating to protect the chip from water and dirt.
IBM has also partnered to create a prototype of the self-safe chip.
The company also says the chip has the potential to be a selfless chip for autonomous vehicles and robotics.
It is also expected to be used in autonomous drones, drones that can control themselves, drones with artificial intelligence, robots that are programmed to be able to repair themselves, and even robots that can self-tune to operate in different environments, according the company.
“Self-heals have become a critical component in many of the advanced applications we’re exploring for embedded chips, and we’re excited to be collaborating with our partners on this next step in self-helping chips,” the company said.
The idea for self-preserving chips has been around for years, but until now they have mostly been seen as a way to protect from corrosion and damage, and have only been commercially available.
IBM is also the largest chipmaker, but the company’s chips are not widely used.IBI has partnered with Open Source Robotics to develop its chips.