Today, Freescale announced the release of the new Kinetis KL02 chip, which wins the title of world’s smallest ARM-powered microarchitecture. It measures under 4 square millimeters, taking up 25% less space that previous or competing technologies. Despite this, it’s capable of delivering up to 60% more GPIO, or general purpose input/output, according to Freescale.
Based on the ARM Cortex M0+ processor, this 32-bit chip offers 32k of flash memory, 4k of RAM, and a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter, built right onto the chip. By putting so much tech into the single, small chip, Freescale enables their partners to shrink down applications where the chip would be used. Tiny chip -> tiny board -> tiny board-> tiny device.
According to one manager for the company, Freescale is working to create computers based on this chip that users could swallow. Such a low-power unit could be paired with a battery and camera, wireless radio, and/or various sensors to allow medical professionals to better scan patients without resorting to invasive procesures.