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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tiny, Disposable CPUs for the IOT

I like the idea that these CPUs will be embedded, even disposable.   In packaging for example.  Something we suggested in retail.    Bringing computing power closer to the edge.   Still not powerful by modern standards.

IBM’s latest computer is a blockchain-ready CPU smaller than a grain of salt  in DigitalTrends.

IBM kicked off its Think 2018 conference today with a bombshell announcement: It has made the world’s smallest computer, and it’s designed from the ground up to work with the blockchain. The computer itself is smaller than a single grain of salt, coming in at 1 millimeter by 1 millimeter and reportedly has about the same computing power as a 1990s era CPU.

“The world’s smallest computer is an IBM-designed edge device architecture and computing platform that is smaller than a grain of salt will cost less than ten cents to manufacture, and can monitor, analyze, communicate, and even act on data,” IBM claims. “It packs several hundred thousand transistors into a footprint barely visible to the human eye and can help verify that a product has been handled properly throughout its long journey. ... 

.... Essentially, these CPUs will be embedded in tags or product packaging, and they’ll log every movement the product makes, from shipment to delivery. They could also be used to ensure the authenticity of luxury goods. .... 

“ ... These technologies pave the way for new solutions that tackle food safety, authenticity of manufactured components, genetically modified products, identification of counterfeit objects, and provenance of luxury goods,” Krishna continues. .... " 

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