HP develops ‘rice’ chip

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Rice baby, yeah!HP has announced that they’ve developed a memory chip the size of a grain of rice. Developed by the “Memory Spot” research team at HP Labs, the tiny chip (2 mm to 4 mm square) could be used for a variety of applications (like placing complete medical records in a wristband, or tracking information in a stamp), but we’re only interested in its mobile applications.

The chip has a 10 megabits-per-second data transfer rate – 10 times faster than Bluetooth – with a storage capacity ranging from 256 kilobits to 4 megabits in working prototypes. Right now it could only store a very short video clip, several images or dozens of pages of text, but future versions will have larger capacities.

No word yet on when we’ll see these little guys in a BlackBerry device, but sign me up for one when they are.