As small as a grain of salt
IBM knows how to make computers smaller than ever. In fact, their latest product is so small, you’ll need a microscope to see it!
This new computer, which was unveiled at IBM Think 2018, has the computing power of an x86 chip from the 90s, along with hundred thousands of transistors, while being microscopic in size. To give you a perspective, the chip that is on a finger in the left photo contains *drum roll* 64 motherboards AND two tiny computers. Unbelievable, isn’t it?
As for its use, IBM said that its new computer is designed to “monitor, analyze, communicate, and even act on data.” Applications include tracking the shipment of goods, detecting fraud and non-compliance, and few AI tasks. In fact, this microscopic chip is claimed to be usable as a data source for blockchain applications!
The computer will cost less than ten cents to manufacture, and will also pack “several hundred thousand transistors,” according to the company.
Here’s an infographic explaining the components of the 1 x 1 mm computer:
There are no details as to when will IBM be mass producing these computers. As of this writing, researchers are testing the first prototype of this futuristic piece of tech.
But one thing’s for sure: The future is here. You just might need a microscope to see it.