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EE Times Announces EECS research on self-healing chips

The EE Times reported the Semiconductor Research Corporation's announcement today (7/25/06) of a joint project with NSF and U-M to research self-healing chips. Professors Todd Austin and Valeria Bertacco are co-investigators in this attempt to find a new approach to chip design that looks for an alternative to the necessity of flawless chips for good performance. As chips become increasingly complex and small, the presence of errors in the chips increases. Rather than simply discard a faulty chip and build another, which can get quite expensive, Austin, Bertacco and their partners will attempt to build a chip that can not only take longer to fail in the presence of errors, but that can recover from failures.