IBM unveils The “World’s smallest Computer” for blockchain Technology

The technology of Computers has always gone through shrinking in the size computers. In the ongoing annual conference of IBM, IBM Think 2018, it unveiled world’s smallest computer. The company described it as a small chip whose performance can compete an x86 from 1990. The main aim of the company is to make this computer (the smallest computer) to be the data source for blockchain applications as it is very powerful chip. IBM is the company which started selling huge mainframe computers. So, the computing power of these tiny chips are expected to be outstanding. It is not fast when compared with even the slowest new generation computers, but its size is something that attracts attention. You cannot view it from naked eyes. The latest chips in modern SoC designs are 1-2 square centimeter/s.

Everything to know about the smallest computer

According to the official blog post of the company, the smallest computer will be an IBM designed edge device architecture. It is a complete system-on-a-chip (SoC) with processor, memory, storage and communication capabilities. Company claims its computing platform to be smaller than a grain of salt. Its cost of manufacture will be less than ten cents and can be used to communicate, analyze, monitor, and act on data. The device comes with an ability to pack several thousand transistors into a footprint which is very hard to view from a naked eye. This ability helps the device to track its usage through the lifetime of the device.


IBM explains the use of cryptographic anchors allow blockchain to be used in products such as wine or eatery products. According to Arvind Krishan, the head of research for IBM, crypto-anchors are just a beginning of an innovation. Crypto-anchors are embedded in the product and are made by cryptographic mechanisms that provide unclonable (unique) identification which makes it highly secure. These crypto-anchors will be developed and fixed in together with blockchain’s distributed ledger technology which can authenticate product from its base or origin while reaching in the hands of customer. These technologies will help to improve the security systems for authenticating various products. Food products, manufactured products, industrial goods, luxury products and many more products can be authenticated.


Identification of fake products can also be done. Also, adding computers to everything has mostly been expensive. But, the fact that these tiny computers’ manufacturing cost would be lesser than 10 cents, this technology would be found common for most of the products and devices in the next few years. With these features, security and innovation, company also aims to keep the manufacturing costs of these computers lesser than 10 cents. By these facts, company will try for maximum adoption of these tiny computers. If it becomes a hit, we will see these tiny chips and computers in number of devices and products we use, in the upcoming years. Its release is not finalized yet. It is just a prototype right now, but company aims for something huge for these tiny computers.

Disclaimer: This information is covered based on the latest research and development available. However, it may not fully reflect all current aspects of the subject matter.

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