The US multinational IBM has created the smallest computer in the world and intends to present it in the IBM Think 2018. The event takes place between the 19th and 22nd of this month in the city of Las Vegas, in the state of Nevada (USA). According to the company, the device is characterized by its size, since it is smaller than a grain of coarse salt.
This IBM minicomputer has the power of an x86 chip (which corresponds to the Intel 80386 microprocessor, introduced in 1990), as reported by Mashable, which means that it has a power much lower than current computers, although this is somewhat understandable, having consider its tiny dimensions. According to IBM, its manufacturing cost will be less than 10 cents and will include “hundreds of thousands of transistors.” It will also allow “monitor, analyze, communicate and even act on the data.”
The innovative device will work with blockchain, which is a distributed database made up of chains of blocks designed to avoid their modification once a data has been published. Another feature of the minicomputer is that it will try to help track the shipment of products and detect theft, fraud and breaches, as well as exercise basic artificial intelligence functions.
The renowned company dedicated to the world of technology ensures that this is only the beginning. According to the head of research at IBM, Arvind Krishna, “in the next five years, cryptographic technologies – computers as small as a drop of ink or a grain of salt – will be included in objects and devices present in our day to day life.”
The IBM minicomputer, which still has no release date, is being tested by the company’s researchers, who are currently working on their first prototype.
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