Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
The IC Which Doesn’t Turn On
A chip which is never turned on is the ultimate low-power device but how about a chip which works off the leakage current?
This is the concept of PsiKick of Virginia.
PsiKick claims it can make ICs which are fully functional but never fully turned on.
They use between 0.1% and 1% of the power draw of a normal IC.
The founders of PsiKick are MIT graduates who became professors at the universities of Michigan and Virginia.
ARM and Imec are said to also be working on this approach.