As you know, many thanks to the pandemic (but not only!), and the consequent increase in demand for electronic devices, we went through a crisis in the production of chips, which of course, led to an increase in prices in all product ranges of the ‘technology’ industry, in recent 2 years.
In fact, the increases have not even ended, since the TSMC it now takes advantage of its dominance and technological advantages to demand more money from its main partners, while demanding earlier-than-usual payments. Which of course, as you can imagine, should lead to new increases in almost every product in 2022 and 2023! (Price increases on the production side always pass, or at least almost always, to the consumer …)
However, it is not worth despairing anymore! This escalation of prices has an end in sight, and no, we are not talking about a normalization in the field of production. The way chips are made will change.
Super expensive processors? That is about to change!
So, in case you didn’t know, the situation that led to the crisis of chip production, which is still taking its toll, was not just due to the pandemic. The culprit is also a bit of the incredible evolution of the world of technology. After all, we’re not just talking about laptops, graphics cards, smartphones or TVs … The IoT (Internet of Things) is growing, which of course means that “billions” of new devices are reaching consumers’ homes every year.
After all, even if they are less complex, all these IoT devices need chips, so everything exploded in 2020 and 2021. Being a situation that even hinders the growth of this area, such is the exaggeration of the price of chip production in the running times.
Therefore, it is necessary to find a solution that allows you to produce a simply overwhelming number of chips, quickly, at an extremely low price! Fortunately, this solution already exists. We are talking about chips flexicore!
In short, the way chips are designed and produced is too complex and expensive for a serious expansion and evolution of the industry. Therefore, it is necessary to look at plastic and, of course, much simpler and more flexible designs.
This is where Flexicore chips come in, with far fewer transistors and significantly less complex logic (4-bit and 8-bit instead of 16-bit or 32-bit).
What does this mean in terms of performance? Well, in the first samples of Flexicore processors achieved a performance very similar to that of an Intel 4004, while the chip cost less than 1 cent to produce.
Obviously there is still a lot of work to be done, with the development team trying to adapt this type of chip to the most varied situations and use cases. After all, the idea here is not to create a powerful chip capable of doing everything. But something more specialized, simpler, more effective and efficient, for a predefined number of tasks.
All this should lead to a less complex technological world, and above all, a cheaper one. With the most advanced production processes reserved for components that really need all the complexity that TSMC, Intel and Samsung are able to offer. Can you imagine buying a banana and it comes with an integrated chip? To go to the supermarket checkout without having to pay at the moment? It’s the future!