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Xerox Outlines Vision for Next Generation Computer Assembly

By - Source: Extreme Tech | B 6 comments

Xerox's xerographic micro-assembly process may provide a revolutionary new way to assemble computers.

According to Xerox, a revolutionary new way to build computers is just on the horizon, offering the ability for unique computing devices to be cheaply produced according to individual customer needs. This production process involves a technique known as "xerographic micro-assembly" that breaks down conventional silicon chip designs into thousands of "chiplets," and then custom assembles them with an advanced 3D printer that uses microscopic electric fields to place each mote of silicon smart dust on a template.

Xerographic printing is an extension of Alien Technology's Fluidic Self Assembly process in which nanoblock computing elements float in a solution and are then guided into holes in an appropriate substrate. It can be viewed as an electronic version of Henry Ford's modular part system where each part is smaller than a single grain of sand.

It is still unknown as to whether the new Xerox machine will dispense a mixed semiconductor ink or different inks made of uniform components and whether fragility issues will make traditional interconnections impossible. Though there's no indication that this technology will be replacing circuit boards or chip boards at this time, it offers incredible promise for producing unique computing devices according to individual customer needs.

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    WyomingKnott , April 11, 2013 1:02 PM
    Didn't I read this in the New York Times two days ago?
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    lamorpa , April 11, 2013 2:34 PM
    Interesting. Xerox is ... wait a minute Xerox??
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    JOSHSKORN , April 12, 2013 12:16 AM
    Give it time. Microsoft will steal another idea from Xerox. First the mouse, now this!
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    natcparis , April 12, 2013 1:29 AM
    @lamorpa same here. ...Xerox??
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    sou_38130 , April 12, 2013 1:50 AM
    I find the idea very intersting actually!
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    iam2thecrowe , April 12, 2013 3:16 AM
    I see this existing as a patent only, and never really going into production. I mean, printers aren't reliable, how are these chiplets/interconnects going to be reliable, and how would they test each one?