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SeilerBird

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100 million transistors on the head of a pin
« on: April 23, 2012, 09:34:47 AM »
http://www.pcworld.com/article/254261/13_quadcore_intel_ivy_bridge_chips_expected.html

Try and wrap your head around the numbers being thrown about in the video at the end of the article. Moore's Law is alive and well.
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Re: 100 million transistors on the head of a pin
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2012, 09:43:00 AM »
That made my brain hurt.

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Re: 100 million transistors on the head of a pin
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2012, 10:09:51 AM »
The hard part is soldering the wires to the little rascal.
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Re: 100 million transistors on the head of a pin
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2012, 10:45:05 AM »
Remember when a transistor was in a can with 3 leads 3/4" long hanging out the bottom. I soldered a lot of those in.
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Re: 100 million transistors on the head of a pin
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2012, 10:54:12 AM »
Back in the late 60s the University of Texas at Arlington was given outdated equipment by Texas Instruments for our labs.
 I remember how thrilled I was when I constructed A (as in one) diode using gas diffusion.
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Re: 100 million transistors on the head of a pin
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2012, 11:28:52 AM »
This was my first transistor, ca. 1953.
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SeilerBird

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Re: 100 million transistors on the head of a pin
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2012, 12:15:54 PM »
I got me first transistor in 1959 when I pestered my parents into getting me a 6 transistor radio for Christmas. The next Christmas I pestered them into getting me a 9 transistor radio since my 6 transistor radio was now obsolete. That started a trend that continues to this day, gotta have the latest and the best.
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Re: 100 million transistors on the head of a pin
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2012, 01:47:04 PM »
I got me first transistor in 1959 when I pestered my parents into getting me a 6 transistor radio for Christmas. The next Christmas I pestered them into getting me a 9 transistor radio since my 6-transistor radio was now obsolete. That started a trend that continues to this day, gotta have the latest and the best.
I got my 1st 6 transistor radio about then, too.  It cost me $20.  Even as things progressed, they progressed rather slowly.  I joined the Navy in '60 and went to electronics school.  At that time transistors were only mentioned as "new technology coming soon to a radar near you".  A co-worker at a Zenith color TV plant where I worked in the early 70's, bought and built a Heath Kit 4-function calculator with mostly discrete transistors and a single IC (I think).  It cost $100, but it did have a leather carrying case.  The televisions we were building then only had 3 or 4 transistors in them - hybrids they were called.
 
If the days of "discrete" components has about come to an end, will the new stuff be "indiscrete"? :o ::)
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