Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

IBM Creates World's Smallest Computer for Blockchain Technology

IBM Creates World's Smallest Computer for Blockchain Technology

March 19 is the first day of IBM Think 2018, the company's flagship conference, where the company will unveil what it claims is the world's smallest computer.

According to Arvind Krishna, the head of research for IBM, the onset of crypto anchors are just the beginning.

The processor is created to help track goods and combat fraud in the global supply chain, and while it won't be doing heavy lifting or have much in common with what most people consider a computer, IBM claims it will be capable of monitoring, analyzing and sorting data, thanks to having access to about as much power as a 1990s x86 processor. But, what about the smallest computers around? Even big retailers like Amazon are sometimes fooled by counterfeit items, but an embedded computer could help identify the real deal.

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IBM says the computer can take on many forms and be used to authenticate a variety of goods.

IBM says that this chip is going to have "several hundred thousand transistors" and will cost under ten cents to manufacture. That's not very fast compared with even the slowest modern computers, but it's impressive for something you can't see without a magnifying glass. It can also be a data source for blockchain applications. It's meant to help track the shipment of goods and detect theft, fraud, and non-compliance. In 2015, the computer claimed to make chips with the smallest components, according to BBC News.

Did you find this futuristic development regarding the world's smallest computer interesting?

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Embedded in what IBM describes as "5 in 5", referring to five technologies that can change our lives in the next five years (blockchain, cross-linked cryptography, oceanic purification by robots, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing), the IBM smallest computer in the world doesn't intend to replace conventional computer systems.

As explained by IBM, cryptographic anchors enable blockchain to be used in physical products such as a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine.

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