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Future computers could rely on plastic instead of silicon
An exciting era is approaching that would allow even more people access to computers and smartphones through the use of plastic instead of silicon. The Tech Times has reported that researchers have discovered a way to use plastic and create cheaper electronic products. This would open up technology to portions of the world that have not been able to afford it in the past.
Silicon has been the standard material for computer chips and other products, but it is close to losing its top position due to new research. Plastic offers a more affordable option that would make electronics much easier to obtain, and a new study has encouraging information about its future. The study shows that information could be shared easily with the use of a plastic chip while an electric current is not needed. The research opens up many possibilities for the use of this technology in creating cheaper products.
Plastic is also more flexible, so there may be other benefits to using it instead of silicon that have not been explored. Previously, the energy needed to store and read information on plastic prohibited the use of this material in electronics. However, research points to a positive new direction that would eliminate these issues. Experts have been predicting the use of plastic for computer chips for more than a decade, but it is finally closer to becoming a reality.
The developed world is used to seeing rows of computers and smartphones in stores that are constantly being replaced with newer models. However, many people in third world countries still struggle to gain access to this type of technology. Cheaper electronic products made with plastic would offer them valuable options and bridge the gap of access. They could change world economies and markets through a shift in technology.