IBM says it has developed a “new class” of semiconductors with chips that include what it calls “morphing” technology.

The so-called eFUSE technology includes software algorithms and microscopic electrical fuses on chips that can “regulate and adapt their own actions in response to changing conditions and system demands,” IBM said in a statement.

The morphing technology enables the chips to be optimized and tailored to specific customer needs, the company added.

IBM said the patented developments could “change the way chips are designed, manufactured and integrated into computers, cell phones, consumer electronics and other products.”

Bernard Meyerson, vice president and chief technologist for the IBM Systems and Technology Group, described the advance this way: ” EFUSE reroutes chip logic, much the way highway traffic patterns can be altered by opening and closing new lanes.”

eFUSE is part of a self-repair system that is built in to chips.