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Old 5th May 2005, 07:33 AM   #1
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Default Millionth transistor ships

Anyone have any idea how many a day/week.month ship today?

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Old 5th May 2005, 07:39 AM   #2
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Just transistors per second is a huge number counting ICs.
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i've seen the claim that more transistors are manufactured in California than rain drops fall on the state - it is pretty dry but this was also some time ago - lots and lots of transistors in those digital chips
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I have an old set of Encyclopaedia Britannica that I still use for reference material from time to time. Went to look up transistor. Didn't exist yet. Latest prinitng 1943. Back to Google I guess.
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How many transistors in a Pentium or equivalent - 1 million?(probably more).
How many Pentiums shipped - a million?
That's a trillion transistors right there. YMMV.

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I think P4's and such these days have upwards of 100 million.

RAM chips surely have the most, I mean, up to a gig on a single chip? Figure at least four transistors per bit, that's what, 64 billion?

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So, I was way off. Say 10 million P4 equivalents shipped @ 100 million each, that's 10^15 transistors.
Memory, say 1 million gig-equivalents shipped @ 64.10^9 each is 64.10^15.
Throw in half of that again as "miscellaneous" and we get around 10^17 transistors shipped.
That's a bunch, but probably still conservative.

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we get around 10^17 transistors shipped.
1,000,000,000,000,000,000

be interesting to hand the guys in the pic a modern CPU & say here is way more...

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be interesting to hand the guys in the pic a modern CPU & say here is way more...
Yeah, but those are silicon. They were making germanium.

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The invention of the transistor is generally stated as 1947, the first point contact transistor. Diodes made with galena crystals had been in use for many years prior.

PBS did a show about the transistor.

Try this in your google:

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