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IBM introduces world’s smallest computer with the size of a grain of salt

With the size of 1mm x 1mm, IBM unveils what it claims as the ‘world’s smallest computer’ which is almost the size of a grain of salt during the IBM Think 2018 conference.

According to the company, the tiny yet visible computer which has the power of an x86 machine just like that of a 1990’s machine and has up to one million transistors costs less than $0.10 to manufacture.

Though it cannot do much as today’s PC’s, the ‘crypto-anchor’ could act as blockchain applications’ data source which can help improve shipment tracking and processing.

IBM’s head of research Arvind Krishna said that such tiny computers will be embedded in everyday objects and devices within the next five years to ensure an object’s authenticity.

She said in a blog post: “These technologies pave the way for new solutions that tackle food safety, authenticity of manufactured components, genetically modified products, identification of counterfeit objects and provenance of luxury goods.”

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