In the annual conference, IBM unveiled what is literally the world’s smallest computer and it is way smaller than you think. IBM has unveiled the world’s smallest computer which is “smaller than a grain of salt”, measuring 1 x 1 mm in size. This tiny speck of technology is also very cheap to manufacture, costing less than ten cents. This device was unveiled at IBM Think 2018 Conference which started on March 19.
IBM’s computer has replaced the Michigan Micro Mote as world’s smallest computer, which measured 2 mm across. It was launched in 2015.
The world’s smallest computer comes with an x86 chip. IBM says that this computer has around 1 million transistors which would require microscopic vision to take a look at it. This tiny computer is capable of monitoring, analysing, communicating and even acting on data.
In addition to this, the computer is equipped with SRAM for memory, and a photo-voltaic cell for power. It is also capable of uplink and downlink communication using an LED and a photo detector.
Here the Video of World’s Smallest Computer
Here is the computer on a pile of salt grains
The world’s smallest computer reportedly features a processor with “several hundred thousand” transistors, SRAM memory, a photovoltaic cell for power, and a communications unit, which will use an LED and a photo-detector to communicate with the world.
The image shows an actual photo of a solo IBM computer on a pile of salt for scale.
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The computer has the power of the 1990 x86 chip
IBM’s primary application for this prototype computer will be centered around supply chain management and counterfeit protection through cryptographic anchors and blockchain technology.
This aims at ensuring a product’s authenticity till it reaches the customer.
IBM claims that in the next five years, such computers, that have a computing power of the x86 chip from 1990, “will be embedded in everyday objects and devices.”
IBM is holding its IBM Think 2018 conference in Vegas
This comes on the sidelines of the ongoing IBM Think 2018 conference, the company’s annual flagship conference.
With the theme of “5 in 5” this year, the company is showcasing five IBM Research inventions and technologies “that could change our lives in the next five years.”
The conference will talk about topics like blockchain technology, cryptography, artificial intelligence (AI), and quantum computing.
This tiny computer with more to come will be embedded in objects and products used daily. Using blockchain technology it will identify an object’s authenticity “from its point of origin to when it reaches the hands of the customer”.
IBM will make the first models of its crypto-anchors available in another 18 months. It also plans to make these products available in the marketplace within the next five years.