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4 Orders Of Magnitude August 31, 2006

Posted by gordonwatts in computers, life.

Sometimes we are so involved in our cool little toys or fast computers we forget how fast this field is moving. An email today from Todd, a fellow that works with us:

Intel Core 2 extreme  (released July 27, 2006)
-291,000,000 transistors
-8GB memory support
-128bit bus
-.065 micron
Intel 8088 (released June 1, 1979)
-29,000 transistors
-1MB memory support
-8 bit bus
-3 micron (!)
The change in less than 20 years.  Pretty impressive!

What will the kids just born today see in 20 years. Yikes!



1. angryphysics - August 31, 2006

Yeah, Intel gets better.

Let’s see something similar for software, (e.g. Microsoft) (I’ll take guesses for the actual numbers):

MTBF: ? (did anyone leave their computer on long enough before the internet to know?
Lines of Code: 100 (just guessing ๐Ÿ™‚
Killer Apps: Wordperfect, Lotus, etc

Windows XP
MTBF: 10 hours (?)
Lines of Code: 100,000,000,000
Killer Apps: MS Office (there can be only one)

2. Aaron F. - September 1, 2006

What will the kids just born today see in 20 years.

I dunno… but based on those numbers, I’m guessing that the kids born 20 years from today will be androids. ๐Ÿ˜‰

3. Kevin - September 1, 2006

Maybe 2.3 GQb (that’s 2.3 giga qubits) with entanglement enhancement capapbilities thanks to the new Decoherence Damping co-processor.

Oh, and it will play MP333s ๐Ÿ˜‰

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