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    Arm shows off its non-silicon PlasticArm processor

    Cortex-M0-based SoC, runs at just 29kHz, but may unlock "the full potential of the IoT".
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    Re: Arm shows off its non-silicon PlasticArm processor

    The heat melted the arm in the pan

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    Re: Arm shows off its non-silicon PlasticArm processor

    I didn't even know plastic CPUs were a thing!!

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    Re: Arm shows off its non-silicon PlasticArm processor

    56,340 transistors. About the same as a 6502 used in the C64.

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    Re: Arm shows off its non-silicon PlasticArm processor

    Quote Originally Posted by gagaga View Post
    56,340 transistors. About the same as a 6502 used in the C64.
    So, what you're saying is... it can't play Crysis?

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    Re: Arm shows off its non-silicon PlasticArm processor

    Quote Originally Posted by philehidiot View Post
    So, what you're saying is... it can't play Crysis?
    Who needs Crysis, when you can play Daley Thompson's Decathlon and destroy a few joysticks with frantic waggling

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    Re: Arm shows off its non-silicon PlasticArm processor

    A nice game of Pitstop 2 while you wait for the kettle to boil......

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    Re: Arm shows off its non-silicon PlasticArm processor

    Quote Originally Posted by Sim0n View Post
    Who needs Crysis, when you can play Daley Thompson's Decathlon and destroy a few joysticks with frantic waggling
    I remember that. That was horrific controller interfacing wasn't it!

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    Re: Arm shows off its non-silicon PlasticArm processor

    Quote Originally Posted by gagaga View Post
    56,340 transistors. About the same as a 6502 used in the C64.
    More like a twelth of that - MOS 6502 used 4528 transistors.

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    Re: Arm shows off its non-silicon PlasticArm processor

    Quote Originally Posted by NewtonDeadface View Post
    More like a twelth of that - MOS 6502 used 4528 transistors.
    Almost enough for a 68000 then:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transi...icroprocessors
    32-bit registers! No strange Intel x86 like address modes.
    On the other hand ARM 1 was only 25,000 transistors

    EDIT: So e-waste is now pure(r) plastic waste?
    Last edited by kompukare; 22-07-2021 at 05:41 PM.

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    Re: Arm shows off its non-silicon PlasticArm processor

    Quote Originally Posted by kompukare View Post
    EDIT: So e-waste is now pure(r) plastic waste?
    Sadly no, the transistors are still metal oxides (TFT, like monitors), it's just on a plastic substrate rather than solid silicon substrate.

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    Re: Arm shows off its non-silicon PlasticArm processor

    Quote Originally Posted by HEXUS View Post
    Obviously, plastics aren't as thermally robust as materials like silicon.
    So I guess when it melts it'll be like a dead arm?

    I'll get my coat...

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    Re: Arm shows off its non-silicon PlasticArm processor

    so we can sustain an EMP after a nuclear blast/solar flare?

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    Re: Arm shows off its non-silicon PlasticArm processor

    Quote Originally Posted by lumireleon View Post
    so we can sustain an EMP after a nuclear blast/solar flare?
    Why would changing substrate help with that?

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    Re: Arm shows off its non-silicon PlasticArm processor

    Daley Thompsons Decathlon - great version of Yellow Magic Orchestras Rydeen when loading though!
    Old puter - still good enuff till I save some pennies!

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    Re: Arm shows off its non-silicon PlasticArm processor

    Quote Originally Posted by NewtonDeadface View Post
    More like a twelth of that - MOS 6502 used 4528 transistors.
    But most 6502 machines managed more than 29KHz (and the 6502 was pretty efficient, so the two stage pipe of this CPU probably isn't much better). I don't think you are going to get a BBC Micro grade Elite out of this.

    For really simple chips like this, RISC-V might have been a better target than ARM.

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