EAST FISHKILL, New York -- International Business Machines Corp. has announced a type of chip that is able to adjust its own functionality and change trade-offs of performance and power consumption without human intervention, according to a Dow Jones report.
The technology, called 'eFuse', was referenced in an IBM technical paper on embedded DRAM in November 2002. An article could be found here when this story was first posted.
On Friday (July 30) IBM claimed the autonomous capability would change the way chips are integrated into computers, cell phones, consumer electronics and other products, according to the report.
The report did not indicate whether the eFuse technology had been deployed in any chips yet, or whether it was being targeted at microprocessors or whether it is aimed at self-repair as well as self-configuration.
"eFuse reroutes chip logic, much the way highway traffic patterns can be altered by opening and closing new lanes," the report quoted Bernard Meyerson, vice president and chief technologist of IBM Systems and Technology Group, as saying.