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    IBM unveils the world's smallest computer (1mm x 1mm)

    Says it has the processing power of an x86 chip from 1990 (Intel 486 era).
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    Re: IBM unveils the world's smallest computer (1mm x 1mm)

    So can I play the original Doom on it?

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    Re: IBM unveils the world's smallest computer (1mm x 1mm)

    Quote Originally Posted by Luke7 View Post
    So can I play the original Doom on it?
    It sounds like it might have enough power to pull that off, as with most of these things though it is the architecture that is the challenge, IE being able to code it. I wait patiently to see an article of somebody doing it.

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    Re: IBM unveils the world's smallest computer (1mm x 1mm)

    How many Lolcats can it retain ?

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    Re: IBM unveils the world's smallest computer (1mm x 1mm)

    One sneeze and It'll be gone forever...

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    Re: IBM unveils the world's smallest computer (1mm x 1mm)

    Quote Originally Posted by Luke7 View Post
    So can I play the original Doom on it?
    Quote Originally Posted by EvilCycle View Post
    It sounds like it might have enough power to pull that off ...
    If it genuinely has 486 CPU power and you can cross compile for the instruction set, then it should play Doom, as I used to play Doom LAN matches in my uni's labs, which were all 486 machines. Doing that in 1mm2 is pretty impressive, although I'd want to know how much power it drew as well, given I can comfortably emulate Doom on a couple-of-generations-old ARM chip in my cheap-ass Android gaming tablet.

    Of course, if it's genuinely running off a photo-voltaic cell that's also included within the 1mm2 (as per the embedded diagram), that's pretty phenomenal....

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    Re: IBM unveils the world's smallest computer (1mm x 1mm)

    Even smaller than a fingertip, imagine handful of those and how powerful will that be?
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    Re: IBM unveils the world's smallest computer (1mm x 1mm)

    1mmx1mm computer...where to plug in the keyboard and mouse?!?!
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    Re: IBM unveils the world's smallest computer (1mm x 1mm)

    In other news, prices for 486 chips on ebay plummet
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    Re: IBM unveils the world's smallest computer (1mm x 1mm)

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    If it genuinely has 486 CPU power and you can cross compile for the instruction set, then it should play Doom, as I used to play Doom LAN matches in my uni's labs, which were all 486 machines. Doing that in 1mm2 is pretty impressive, although I'd want to know how much power it drew as well, given I can comfortably emulate Doom on a couple-of-generations-old ARM chip in my cheap-ass Android gaming tablet.

    Of course, if it's genuinely running off a photo-voltaic cell that's also included within the 1mm2 (as per the embedded diagram), that's pretty phenomenal....
    I did all my uni work (and played a LOT of Doom & Doom II) on a Dell 486 PC...me & a mate used to run a serial cable along the corridor at our halls. Quite incredible that such a tiny processor today has that much processing power!

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    Re: IBM unveils the world's smallest computer (1mm x 1mm)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ironbuket View Post
    In other news, prices for 486 chips on ebay plummet
    Well, seeing as you can buy an Intel X3430 for $7, I doubt the price of 486's was all that much to start with!

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    Re: IBM unveils the world's smallest computer (1mm x 1mm)

    DRAM, graphics card, sound chipset, IO, storage, heatsink - I dont think you are going to be gaming at 1mm^2 for a while yet?
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    Bet GCHQ and the NSA are salivating
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