IBM has made a computer that's smaller than a grain of salt

Doris Richards
March 19, 2018

IBM hasn't revealed specifications for the computer yet, but a spokesperson told ZDNet that each of the devices is as powerful as an x86 chip from the 1990s. They're not kidding: It's literally smaller than a grain of salt. In a development what might look like coming straight from the future, the IBM engineers have created the world's smallest computer.

IBM's new computer, which it will detail at its Think 2018 conference on Monday, contains up to 1 million transistors, along with a small amount of static random access memory, a light-emitting diode (LED) and photo-detector that allow it to communicate, and an integrated photovoltaic cell for power. That might not seem a lot when compared to the power of the latest smartphone chips, but it's still pretty nippy for a computer that you could accidentally sprinkle on your chippy dinner. The smallest computer to be unveiled by IBM is allegedly "smaller than a grain of salt". However, IBM just redefined the idea of "smallest" with their recent innovation. It will cost less than $.10 to manufacture.

IBM expects that these computers will act as a data source of blockchain applications. It can do basic AI tasks like sorting of data and is meant to help track the shipment of goods and detect theft, fraud, and non-compliance. It can also sort data or complete simple AI tasks, according to Mashable.

As the "natural" pioneer of storage invention, Big Blue has produced some of the world's most innovative mediums for technical progress, according to IBM master inventor Dr. Haris Pozidis. According to the report, the chip measures "just a few atoms thick, the diameter of two DNA helices".

At the back of your mind, you may remember Tiny Computers - a British PC manufacturer that sold desktop computers to the home market from 1996.

IBM announced today, March 19 that the world's smallest computer - its dimensions less than a grain of salt - will use Blockchain technology and soon be "embedded into everyday devices".

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