Is the future of Computing Lie in plastic?


With computers to evolve so fast, it can be very difficult to stay on top of what’s new and happening in the field. One day cloud computing is the next it is quantum. Latest news from Silicon Valley is silicon might just be on the way out, and plastic muscle in on the action. As reported on, version July physics world contains features on the development of plastic-based transistors and organic light-emitting display with three prominent Israeli scientists.

Marianna Khorzov and David Andelman from the School of Physics and Astronomy at Tel Aviv University, and Rafi Shikler of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Ben Gurion University, has made some exciting discoveries of plastic electronics that could completely change the face of laptops like we know them.

As far back as 1970, it was found that not all plastics are electrical insulators, but some do actually conduct electricity. It is only now, however, the utility of this discovery appear.

One of these diseases in the design and manufacture of flexible laptops. Plastic-based transistors could soon replace silicon counterparts as standard on all laptops, as they are easier and cheaper to produce. And as the plastic is flexible and malleable, it would be relatively easy to create ultra-thin, ultra-flexible laptops.

Organic light-emitting displays could also revolutionize computing, as well as the world of entertainment. Traditional methods are now used in television screens, iPods and digital watches are rigid, complex and expensive, but new organic displays, which are based on plastic electronics engineering, are flexible, consume less energy and is easier to do. Organic light-emitting displays are currently in development by some of the biggest names in electronics, including Sony and Samsung.

Another field likely to benefit from this trend is the bionic acid, where the development of sensitive, flexible materials will soon be able to repeat the skin. This marks an important breakthrough in robotics, like robots could be developed to function in situations where touch is necessary.

Khorzov, Andelman and Shikler high hopes for their discoveries. They write that they expect their new resin eventually replace silicon and metals in a variety of products. In addition, they hope that their discoveries will progress in many other scientific fields, including robotics and bionics.

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