PlasticARM is a functional, natively-flexible 32-bit ARM chipset

24 July 2021
It is the fastest of its kind and breaking new ground in the Internet of Everything realm.

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  • TheArtist

Once its put to work and starts heating, will melt as it must be a thin plastic made to be flexible.. then you need to shell money to get the device either repaired or replaced.. That means more toxic pollution as well as more expenditure on the same thing. Lol. Companies are making us fools all the time.

  • Wayne Morelini

Akinaro, 25 Jul 2021Dont compare apples to onions. To move forward in technolog... moreI don't know where they are up to, but the performance characteristic of this is like a barely smart watch, washing machine, good for service centres to print a part on plastic, which might need replacing in 5 years, to generate new washing machine sales etc. In practical terms it's le a curiosity.

But, the real objective would be to generate components cheap I'm factory, cut out chip suppliers, by printing on plastic,preferably rolled transfer screen printing types, which they want to do for OLED TV's But. At this performance. It's pretty hopeless. The chip design company I mentioned before could maybe out do any arm by a factor of 10 in low energy consumption, and their processing circuites are smaller, let 1970's processors. They are likely to be smaller than arm at 32 bit. So, day you make a 1mm chip, or a 0.1by 0.5mm long version, 0.1mm in the direction of expected flex, done.

But, if you just want to replace low end circuites on an in-house printed plastic, then Magnetic Quantum Dot Cellular automata is the way to go. Place print the dots and timing circuit on plastic, then coat, to trap them in. Conventionally, that's magnitude lower energy then silicon, and 500mhz on the old technology (the principle goes up to 2 thz or so). Pretty ideal for a printable hybrid, except, you have to accommodate for flex increasing the inter dot distances, which is part of the circuit design. But you could do it in clumps, and have a joiner mechanism of dots to connect clumps, so flex most affects the space between clumps. 1000-10000 transistors is enough to do a performance CPU, so a dot circuit equivalent, shouldn't be too much, say 2.5 microns squared for a processing unit, or something.

Anonymous, 25 Jul 2021With thinking like that we would still be dialing on the di... moreDont compare apples to onions. To move forward in technology first we need main components, because for long time idea of putting transistors on thin layers, even flexible was known but its just not useful at all.
I just remind you that we can create NANO chips in 2nm technology, so why bother with flexible one?

Right now outside of laboratory toys, in real life we can have pretty powerful device in the size of HALF of microSD card that could power even smartwatch with additional space for sensors and BT connections,
I just remind people that microSD card is 15x11mm in half of that space you can get chip with 600-900Mhz chip and build in 256-512MB memory(), rest of the size is really screen, I/O parts, sensors and battery components, that as I said before, are not "flexible" and thye dont really need to be.

So now tell me what is the point of flexible chip if we can put whole electronic for wearable or smart devices in space that is smaller than thumbnail? And with incoming bump in transistor spacing smaller than 3-4nm we can put more powerful electronic in even smaller space

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  • Wayne Morellini

That got me interested for a number of seconds, till I read the details, as I'm interested in making an ultra low end phone chipset.

This is not fantastic. They are better to contact green arrays to get a version of their 32 bit chip, which would be so small and low power, you could stack memory on it, embedded in the plastic material, and being so small and self contained, you could bend the sheet a lot. You would then get something that used less power than an boosted arm of could, run many times faster, and cost less. There is a reason they were known for the lowest energy processor technology. This plastic/printable circuit technology is still so far behind. Why don't they try stamp technology at least. You could stamp build the circuits up in different jointed IC's of less than 1mm, and then only have to worry about maintains the interconnect between ic's, which optical would be good at. As far as printing, male a special 3D printer that works like a tonner printer, if you don't want an high performance version.

It's so frustratingly backwards in this area, to the point of not being worth it a lot. What's next, commercial flash lights printed on plastic. It's technology looking for performance to look for solutions.

  • A

ATTN gsmarena: the article header says PlaticARM instead of PlasticARM

Akinaro, 25 Jul 2021Chipset it self doesn't have to be flexible really. Ba... moreOther components also will be flexible, this thing has 20 kHz, for Comparison 1st intel cpu from 1971 had 750khz, you can see how slow this thing is.

If they use all plastic material maybe they can start injecting chip in our bodies.

  • Anonymous

Akinaro, 25 Jul 2021Chipset it self doesn't have to be flexible really. Ba... moreWith thinking like that we would still be dialing on the disc phone...

  • Anonymous

Heating will melt it

Arm: we are moving away from 32 bit

Also Arm: look at this new plastic flexible 32 bit chipset...

Chipset it self doesn't have to be flexible really. Battery, screen and other bigger components need to be.
Who need flexible chipset if rest of components including boards, capacitors, resistors connectors, battery and other input/output is solid?

  • Anonymous

Wow, with this and flexible leds, I can picture a new line of clothing that can play back images and sound.

  • Anonymous

One question tho. How about the heat?? Processor produce heat. Unless they intended to use it for low power device.