Complex Systems

Reinventing Electronics with Cellular Automata Download PDF

Loe M. G. Feijs
Department of Industrial Design,
Eindhoven University of Technology,
P.O. Box 513, 5600MB Eindhoven,
The Netherlands


This paper describes an exploration into what can be done with cellular automata to reinvent and re-engineer electronics in a new kind of physics implemented as a system of cellular automaton rules. An engineering approach is used, working forward to achieve a practical goal while introducing tools. The practical goal is to start from an electron level and obtain a working resistor–capacitor (RC) phase shift oscillator. This goal is achieved, and the oscillator is demonstrated. The paper tells the story of this adventure, including the experiences of failures, retries, work-arounds, and success.