IBM unveils world’s tiniest computer equals the size of a salt grain

NEW DELHI: American technology giant IBM engineers have created the world’s smallest computer that measures just 1mm x 1mm, which is “smaller than a grain of salt”

“The world’s smallest computer is an IBM-designed edge device architecture and computing platform that is smaller than a grain of salt will cost less than ten cents to manufacture and can monitor, analyze, communicate, and even act on data. It packs several hundred thousand transistors into a footprint barely visible to the human eye and can help verify that a product has been handled properly throughout its long journey,” IBM wrote in its research page.

The smallest and cheapest device ever built is a part of IMB Research’s 5 in 5 project. “Within the next five years, cryptographic anchors — such as ink dots or tiny computers smaller than a grain of salt — will be embedded in everyday objects and devices,” IBM added.

According to reports, the computer will only cost Rs 7 to manufacture, and will also pack “several hundred thousand transistors,” according to the company. These will allow it to “monitor, analyze, communicate, and even act on data.”