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A natively flexible 32-bit Arm microprocessor (nature.com)
72 points by sam345 2 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 6 comments

I thought it was flexible because it has many uses but its flexible in the literal sense.


As is the case for many academic initiatives and papers, this will never be commercially relevant. There's no need to make a flexible chip when you can make a half millimeter cube of silicon with far more computational power. It's not the silicon chip that's the problem. It's all the supporting electronics and packaging.

Arm is promoting it like: "Millions of everyday objects, such as food packaging, clothing, and bandages could benefit from having intelligence embedded into them." [1]

[1] https://community.arm.com/developer/research/b/articles/post...

Does it need to be commercially relevant? I mean, to me it's just kind of cool...and isn't that a good enough reason to pursue it?

What's the manufacturing process here? Is it feasible that fabs for this kind of thing could reduce in price over time to the individual or makerpsace level?

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