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11/23/2010 06:11 AM EST
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Hammer1
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Hammer1   4/25/2013 8:25:24 AM
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With recent reports of the impending demise of PCs due to smartphones and tablets, it is interesting how companies are still investing on PC chips. Granted that these microprocessors could be use for mobile devices as well, but it is not stated in the article. I believe there is still hope for PCs, but the industry has to work fast to make it more enticing to own PCs to combat with the rising use of mobile devices. The initial idea of a microprocessor from two thin sheets of plastic foil may be a good start. - http://www.hammerplastics.com

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Jef van de Molengraft   3/17/2011 10:33:57 PM
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Yes it is 6Hz... But it´s the worlds first working processor on foil!

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David Ashton   3/3/2011 6:56:50 PM
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"At ISSCC, researchers from Europe will describe an 8-bit, 6 Hz device...." 6Hz?? Now that's fast!! Does anyone know if that should be KHz, MHz or GHz? My guess would be MHz, but who knows? "The organic processor is showing real promise though it is some distance from real utility..." Maybe it IS 6Hz.....

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Jef van de Molengraft   3/3/2011 6:25:42 PM
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The polymer is transparent and acts as the substrate. The size is about 3x5cm. Size optimization was not yet in mind during the design process :)

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mr_bandit   12/6/2010 6:48:47 PM
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"Diamond Age" by Stevenson is going to be here in just a few months. The plastic CPU will end up in cheap, disposable consumer projects like cell phones and toys. Put one in a cable to make it smart.

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agk   11/25/2010 11:08:53 AM
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Different technologies based microprocessros were invented in the past like optical based,magnetic resonance based etc in the past 10 years from many labs. Till date there is nothing to compete the silicon semiconductor based mcu's.This palstic foil also may one among them and it may take few more decades to have a new revolution

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prabhakar_deosthali   11/25/2010 7:28:50 AM
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How will this processor made of plastic be powered? Will be it from some kind of organic battery? in that case it will make an interesting case. May be tomorrows newspapers will have an embedded fold-able built in processor inside which will download the latest news and articles from some www site. Fold-able processors and fold-able displays will make a strong case for such newspaper applications.

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Sheetal.Pandey   11/24/2010 4:07:21 AM
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Processor in plastic foil. Interesting.Since its 8bit the heat sink may not be in a issue. Wonder how will it handle heat dissipation?

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t.alex   11/23/2010 11:24:37 PM
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I am just curious about this processor "built from 2 thin sheets of plastic foil". How does it look like and anything significance?

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bobbytsai   11/23/2010 5:14:28 PM
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GF100 (Nvidia) die size ~ 23mm x 24mm ~ 550mm^2 ... Shared / L1 / L2 / Texture Memories ~ 2MB total "cache" leaving most of the die for other things. These CPU are dinosaurs. AMD/ATI and Nvidia GPUs today have 20-50x combination logic of these mainstream CPUs. Peak memory bandwidth of CPU is a fraction of top GF1xx or Cayman GPUs.

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