World's smallest computer: IBM's fraud-fighter is so tiny it's almost invisible - New Gersy

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World's smallest computer: IBM's fraud-fighter is so tiny it's almost invisible

IBM has unveiled a computer so small it can slip through a salt shaker and could help prevent the $600bn a year trade in counterfeit drugs, gadgets, and cash.

The company announced the new microcomputer on Monday at its Think conference and predicts it will play a key role in a blockchain network designed to monitor fraud in global supply chains.

The microscopic computer is one square millimeter in size and will act as a so-called 'crypto-anchor' in anti-fraud systems.

IBM says the devices cost just 10 cents to manufacture and contain "several hundred thousand transistors, storage, power, and communications capabilities all packed into a footprint about the size of a grain of salt".

IBM hasn't revealed specifications for the computer yet, but a spokesperson told ZDNet that each of the devices is as powerful as an x86 chip from the 1990s.

IBM researchers at the Thomas J Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, will detail the computers in a forthcoming paper. In the meantime, IBM has offered a rough outline of the computer's schematics.

The pic below shows sixty four motherboards. 2 of the world's smallest computers ar the raised cubes within the top-left corner, that ar mounted on the motherboard below.

IBM reckons the dramatic fall in price and size of the computers can build it doable to integrate them into product to confirm merchandise ar authentic as they move through the availability chain and on to shoppers.

The tiny solar-powered computers IBM designed would be embedded in product and have confidence semiconductor diode lights to speak with a network. 

Businesses might guarantee and prove the genuineness of every product or part with one in all IBM's computers in it.

The first of those small computers might be offered for patrons among eighteen months, in step with IBM, that sees them taking part in a job in food safety, prescribed drugs, producing, genetically changed merchandise, big-ticket wines, and within the luxury merchandise market.

It builds on its existing crypto-anchor systems supported associate optical structure which will be placed on product labels and used as digital fingerprints.

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