Tiny embedded microchips that are not Year 2000 compliant pose a great danger - and one that has been eclipsed so far by better publicised problems with software on large computer systems. This is the claim in a new report from Giga Information Group, which plans to address the issue during the Pan European Year 2000 Conference and Expo in Amsterdam.
Embedded chips are used in devices from printers to cars to aeroplanes and weapon systems. They are often used to perform timing functions, leading to problems if they are not capable of handling the millennium change. Giga said two types of problem may occur: the device that uses the chip may be rendered unusable, or it may continue to function but produce invalid, inaccurate or contaminated data. Both might pose a risk to human life, the company warned.
Giga is suggesting that teams responsible for making computer systems Year 2000 compliant should also be made responsible for ensuring that any other types of devices will survive the date change.
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