Shape-Changeable Computer System
Thus far, computer systems have consisted of solid substrates and packages with fixed features. We are developing computer systems that are collectively composed of multiple tiny chips whose shapes and features can be easily changed. Each chip communicates wirelessly to evaluate the positional relationship with adjacent chips, as well as the shape of the overall system. The shape and features of the system can be changed by changing the layout and type of the chips. We propose such a flexible computer system and explore new applications such as ultra-small microrobots and user interfaces that take advantage of the shape change of the computer system.
Junichiro Kadomoto, Hidetsugu Irie, Shuichi Sakai: Horizontal Wireless Bus for Free-Form SiP, The Institute of Electornics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE), Vol. 118, No. 334, pp. 43–48, Dec., 2018.