I’ve been burning my fingers for many years…
First we had valves, a kind of electronic switch or gateway (and a few other things too)
- good for heating houses, power stations and toast
then we got transistors and the hot-sausage-like valves became black peas with legs
- essentially just a smaller valve, did one thing at a time
- better with batteries, not so good for toasting
then we decided we could make electronic "chips" which had sometimes up to 8 transistors in a hard black caterpillar thing
then it started to get a bit silly
today one of the main graphics card manufacturers announced their new product:
Nvidia announce new Ampere architecture
they still call the individual elements transistors because they really are fundamentally the same thing
but now we have "chips" with 56 Million transistors PER SQUARE MILLIMETRE
and in total one "chip" which will sit quite happily in the palm of your hand has...
28 BILLION yes BILLION transistors in one device
The good news is that it's pretty good for making toast again!
I just wish I still had the skill to make the best of one :)
Nostalgia thought - are we keeping power consumption the same overall by just doing more with every new “low power” development in tech?