New research has found a new material that could replace silicon as the base of mobile computer chips. The material is called molybdenite and it can be used to make chips one third the thickness of current silicon chips. As an added bonus to molybdenite it is also flexible which lead to a future full of thin phones that you can mold like Gumby.
Right now thin is in, and every phone maker is striving to make the thinnest and lightest phone on the market. Before touch screens phone makers were fighting a similar battle to make the thinnest and sleekest phones on the market. Motorola won that battle with the original Razr flip phone, but once large touch screen phones hit the market phones got thick again. With the introduction a little over a month ago of the Droid Razr thin is back. Motorola was able to not only cram all of the normal components of a top of the line smartphone into a 7.1mm thick body, but they also included an LTE antenna.
The current thickness of LTE atenna's is the most recent cause for slightly bloated phones. The size of these antennas are also to blame for the most recent iPhone to skip the technology and stick with 3G.
The question I have at this point is do we really need a thinner phone? I think while the Droid Razr is impressive to look at it is actually too thin for comfort. Hopefully this new molybdenite will allow phone makers to put even more technology inside the same sized phone, or maybe somehow make them cheaper. Even though Zoolander is a personal hero of mine, there is no way I would want to have his phone.