ISSCC: Organic Processor Demonstrated

Compared to Intel's and AMD's processing monsters, this 8-bit is nothing spectacular as far as pure performance is concerned. However, the organic chip includes three programmable registers and can run basic operations such as additions, subtractions, counters and shifters. There is a separate "instruction foil", which holds the hardcoded program the chip runs.

According to, the processor has 3381 organic transistors, which surpasses Intel's 4-bit 4004 processor, which as released in 1971 and considered to be the first complete CPU on a single chip. The 4004 had about 2300 transistors. Its successor, the 8-bit 8008 had about 3500 transistors. Imec said that its processor runs at 6 MHz (The 4004 ran at 0.74 MHz) at 10 Volts. It consumes about  92 μW.

There was no information when such a processor could become commercially available.

  • wiyosaya
    Someday, things like this will be on the market. Now, though, they are novelty items.
  • nebun
    are we going backwards?
  • pocketdrummer
    10 volts for the processor!?
    I'm only running 1.16-1.2v on my i7-920...

    PS, the THW login system SUCKS!!!!!!! please fix it so it can save the bloody password.
  • zachary k
    so will I be able to power my laptop but give it nom noms?
  • belardo
    Greghome: Forget that... you'll be replacing your brain for one of these puppies.

    Have to do this:

    Will it run Crysis?
  • dogofwars
    greghomeMaybe in the future my CPU will look more like my own brain
    Imagine the socket!? :) LOL
  • jaysbob
    self replicating electronics?
  • starralazn
    pocketdrummer10 volts for the processor!?I'm only running 1.16-1.2v on my i7-920...PS, the THW login system SUCKS!!!!!!! please fix it so it can save the bloody password.You do understand that there is only 9.2 micro amps of current in the system right? There's at least an amp of current in your i7.. So you're using at least 10^5 more energy
  • rbarone69
    Do you guys realize this takes 92 microwatts?!?!?!

    0.000092 watts to run this processor

    Ya, that's why this is important...
  • Marco925
    NeBuNare we going backwards?Usually with alot of products, we have to start at square one to get back to today's levels. it's an organic processor and it hasn't been perfected, that's why phones have the capacity of computers 10-20 years ago