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IBM Has Developed The Smallest Computer In The World

Often, smartphones are called miniature computers, but even they are real giants compared to the latest development of IBM. The American company at IBM Think 201 conference presented the smallest computer in the world. In size, it’s comparable to a salt crystal.

“Within the next five years, cryptographic anchors — such as ink dots or tiny computers smaller than a grain of salt — will be embedded in everyday objects and device,”

– Arvind Krishna, IBM head of research –

IBM miniature computer on the background of salt (right)

IBM miniature computer on the background of salt (right)

The computer’s dimensions are 1×1 mm. It has several hundred thousand transistors installed. The device operates on the basis of blockchain technology and is able to monitor, analyze, exchange data and even manage it. The cost of such “baby” is less than ten cents.

IBM Has Developed The Smallest Computer In The World

The only drawback of the computer is that it’s comparable in computational power to the x86-chip of 1990. However, given its size, even this is a real achievement.

At the moment, IBM researchers only test the prototype, so it’s too early to talk about commercial launch.