Pretty much everything that’s great about technology today is thanks to the microprocessor. Billions of them are manufactured every year and they are one of the many reasons you can read this fine website. But few people understand what’s going on inside that little integrated circuit. Here’s a crash course.
Not much other then a report right now, but it looks like TDK has teamed up with Japanese Semiconductor Energy Laboratory to make a bendable microprocessor. The transistors will be made on glass first, then transferred to plastic. The processor will also have wireless capabilities and built-in signal encryption.
Time is of the essence for getting out those precious Xbox 360s in time for every kid's holiday dream, so IBM has ramped up production of its custom-designed microprocessors for the new Microsoft gaming box. The chip itself features three of a customized version of IBM's 64-bit PowerPC core, each one with two…