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4 Orders Of Magnitude August 31, 2006

Posted by gordonwatts in computers, life.
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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!

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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):

MS-DOS:
MTBF: ? (did anyone leave their computer on long enough before the internet to know?
Lines of Code: 100 (just guessing🙂
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.😉

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😉


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