Particles From Outer Space Are Causing Computers To Crash

Blue screen of death? iPhone freezing? Blame particles from outer space | ZDNet

“”The semiconductor manufacturers are very concerned about this problem because it is getting more serious as the size of the transistors in computer chips shrink and the power and capacity of our digital systems increase,” Bhuva said.

“In addition, microelectronic circuits are everywhere and our society is becoming increasingly dependent on them.”

While these subatomic particles aren’t known to be dangerous to humans, they can wreak “low-grade havoc” on electronic gadgets by, for example, triggering a ‘bit flip’ where a 0 is flipped to a 1 in memory. These non-destructive and soft errors are called single-event upsets, or SEUs. ”

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