The traditional integrated circuit is inflexible. The rigid, silicon structure used to be an advantage for building older technologies, as they needed to be built in a way that offered better form and structure to prevent against problems.
But the value of rigid circuits is limited to flat surfaces, where the firmness of the IC is an advantage. The Internet of Things (IoC) is creating a need for less rigid circuits:
- Circuits in Shapes Other Than Flat.
- Circuits that Can Change Shape if the Item Changes Shape.
Luckily, research scientists are successfully creating these types of chips – microcontrollers that bend and flex without damage.
Read more about these types of flexible circuits on Printed Electronics World.