ARM spoke about the development of a new chip that will not use silicon.
ARM shared its interim results on the development of the wearable electronics of the future: developers create a chip without the use of silicon.
So far, the chip is not powerful enough to be used in smartphones or smartwatches, but the use of the development for such purposes is quite possible in the future.
The fact is that the usual silicon will soon run the risk of simply not keeping up with the pace of evolution of the semiconductor industry and, for a number of reasons, the physical properties will cease to suit the developers of new chips.
In the new development, thin-film transistors are applied to a flexible substrate. Of course, this is not a 100% plastic chip, but the solution has the right to be called that. While this is just a 32-bit Cortex-M0 with 128 bytes of RAM and 456 bytes of ROM, Arm claims the model is 12 times more complex than the agile development of the previous generation.
The developers plan that Flexible PlasticArm can be used in wearable sensors, smart labels and other IoT devices.