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Mr Moore's law has been pretty spot-on for decades now and the number of transistors per square inch of an integrated circuit's area has been doubling every year.
This means that we've gone from simple stuff like the 4004 back in 1971, with its mere 2300 transistors, to today's megalithic multi-cored CPUs such as the AMD 2990WX Threadripper with an astonishing 19.2 BILLION transistors.
Yes, that's right, there are more transistors in a single Threadripper 32-core CPU than there are people on the face of the planet Earth.
It's kind of sobering to think that, in terms of transistor-counts, we've gone from something equivalent to a rather small town, to something more populous than our own planet -- all in the span of less than 50 years.
So where to next?
Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.
So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.
Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.
The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.
Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.
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