Thursday, April 07, 2011

US Patent 7921384 - Integrated circuits for nanorobotics

This patent discloses a reconfigurable computing architecture which is speculated to enable nanorobotic devices. Claim 1 reads:

1. A system for a nano-scale FPGA, comprising:

a series of rows of nano-scale gates that are arrayed on a silicon substrate and that are configured into logic array grids;

look up tables (LUTs) in memory components on the periphery of a nano-scale device: nano-scale connectors between gates;

wherein a routing of logic arrays is done by using nano-scale connectors between the gates;

wherein the gates are structured into grids of evolvable logic arrays; wherein the logic array grids access LUTs;

wherein the logic array grids access memory on the periphery of the device;

wherein the gates reconfigure to a different position when initiated;

wherein the device contains between 1,000 and 10,000 gates;

wherein the device reconfigures its gates in response to feedback from its environment;

wherein the environment is electronic, biological or chemical; and

wherein the environment provides feedback to the device.