IBM unveils world’s smallest computer, smaller than a grain of salt

March 21, 2018

IBM has unveiled the world’s smallest computer of 1 x 1 mm which is smaller than a grain of salt. This tiny computer, costs less than ten cents to manufacture, is the cheapest computer device also. The innovation was unveiled at IBM Think 2018 Conference which started on March 19.

The world’s smallest computer comprises an x86 chip, Mashable  reports. According to IBM, the computer has about 1 million transistors which require microscopic vision to spot. The computer is capable of monitoring, analyzing, communicating and even acting on data. The tiny computer is created with SRAM for memory and a photo-voltaic cell for power. The device can also do uplink and downlink communication with an LED and a photo detector.

The device is a part Of IBM Research team, which is working on five technologies based on Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, encryption and Internet of Things (IoT). Hopefully IBM will be more forthcoming with the benchmarks in the next five years, and I’m looking forward to repurposing this chip’s LED as a one pixel display.

IBM’s plan is yet to revealed thus we can say the tiny computer has more to come. The device is embedded with blockchain technology, thus it will identify an object’s authenticity “from its point of origin to when it reaches the hands of the customer”. However, IBM is yet to reveal its plan thus we can say the tiny computer has more to come.

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. Here is the sneak peak of the world’s smallest computer, have a look:

By: Anurag Panchal

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