Running low on go tonight, so a little tech news. This is a development that is probably going to be a Big Thing, if the cost/benefit curve works. It will bring microprocessors and controllers into places they haven't been, yet.
American Semiconductor announced the first physically flexible microcontroller recently. In the description it sounds like a typical low end processor: "The FleX-MCU is an 8-bit RISC microcontroller with 8KB embedded RAM
operating at up to 20MHz with a 1.2V core and 2.5V I/O. It includes
multiple serial interface peripherals, including UART, I2C, and SPI." (for the techies that understand what that means). The difference is the final form is flexible.
Imagine a book reader that instead of being a rigid tablet, could be rolled up into something easier to put in a pocket. Perhaps tablets that can be folded like a wallet. Processors will end up in flexible things like clothing, perhaps for health monitoring, starting with military uniforms and working down the cost/benefit curve through hospitals to individuals. And I'm sure tons of things I can't even envision. Ubiquitous computing is ubiquitous.
Ubiquitous bugging possibilities, too, via wireless link!ReplyDelete
My first thought is that everything starts small. Though it's only got 20 MHz under the hood now, I'm sure they'll give it some oomph soon.ReplyDelete
My second thought was the Globals from Earth Final Conflict.
Most likely. But an amazing amount of control systems are pretty simple, slow processors.Delete