Originally Posted by Perry
If we use breast implants in computers, no wonder the floppy went away.
Ok that sir was best thing I have heard all day. Man someone beat me to the sig. Well played.
On topic one step closer to real scifi tech yet again. How many movies have we seen where the tablets people pass around or even the "paper" is actually a plastic film that is a display and cpu. Kinda neat I think. Being able to make a cpu flexible and very flat like that would have tons of applications. You could group them in clusters in a spaceship and literally line the walls with processing power. Under a protective skin of course. If a cluster had a problem it could be routed around automatically. Think of the weight savings of being able to use the hull as the heatsink instead of having to incorporate something on a standard type processor.
Another use for this could be as a security system in a vault. Put a layer of this processor film in the door with clusters of cpu's and if one core fails due to a short or something the alarm is triggered. I am sure there are many ways you could code it. If you can make cpu's then I am sure covering the rest of the film in a intricate sensor grid would do the same job.
I really think that the future is going to be not about going bigger in terms of raw processing power from one cpu it is going to be in going smaller with many tiny low power cpu's that adds up to a whole lot. This offers many advantages not the least is the fact you have plenty of redundancy. A processor or 10 dies and well you just lose some computing power. You aren't dead in the water. the modern supercomputers are proving this more and more all the time. It is just lots of computers linked together.
Being able to manufacture this by the roll would bring staggering amounts of processing power with it even if each cpu is only a few hz.