The biochip encompasses a wide variety of micro-electronic capabilities, including sensory enhancements, communications, and computing tasks. Rather than using a silicon or other metals as the basis for construction, the biochip uses biological materials for construction and workings. This includes the use of glucose and ATP for power, proteins for working structures, and DNA or the like as a storage medium.
In general, biochips are inferior to the equivalent electronic counterparts. But in some specialized applications, the biochip version is superior. For example, implanted monitoring and treatment for specific medical conditions. The biochip is powered off the users own blood glucose, can manufacture the treatment regime directly, and administer it at need without requiring external monitoring or recharging.