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Processing power has increased by one trillion-fold over the past six decades

By Shawn Knight ยท 11 replies
May 25, 2015
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  1. It’s easy to take for granted the sheer processing power that today’s CPUs afford. Heck, even chips from 30 years ago are still incredibly powerful compared to what was produced during the early days of computing.

    To help visualize the incredible one trillion-fold increase in performance over the past six decades, Experts Exchange has put together this data-packed infographic.

    In addition to charting the pure processing power of a number of CPUs and devices, the graphic compares the technological equivalents of several common products. Enjoy!

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,454   +1,733

    The comparison only has meaning within the existing PC architecture.
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  3. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,146   +1,223

    not really, there is a range of arm chips and ASIC's in super computers. This actually has less to do with PC's and more do with with super computers
  4. This is incorrect, one PS4 = 18,400 Xbox ones. And where is the 1 PS2 = 1 balistic missile comparison?
    SantistaUSA likes this.
  5. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 379   +133

    If a 2 MHz computer could guide Apollo to a safe landing on the moon, I'm fairly sure the average smartphone could guide an ICBM to a (not so safe) landing on the city of your choice.
  6. risc32

    risc32 TS Addict Posts: 209   +96

    It's mostly just sad how the ps3 and ps4 fall so close to each other. Not an order of magnitude difference like in the earlier generations.
  7. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,493   +3,493

    I'm sure using the average smartphone would result in a premature detonation or missing the target completely as a result of the app crashing.
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  8. That may be so but the "extra power" has not brought anything worthy to the table. The mobile space especially has become a real joke. Shoot the duck and COD clones do not indicate a major uptick in computational power.

    I can still accomplish a lot more with a Celeron 600 and a Voodoo 2 than a silly overpriced tablet / "smart phone".

    Perhaps it is more a question of developers lacking real vision and talent ? Don't see MS making any effort to port Halo to their Lumia range - just a thought.
  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,525   +514

    More like the app would be put to sleep because of excessive power draw, and the warhead would crush someone's house instead of destroying a much larger target.
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  10. Phoghat

    Phoghat TS Member

    but is still relevant, at least until quantum computing, or bio-processors come on line
  11. Why aren't the working quantum computers included?

    In theory, they can do all calculations simultaneously and therefor speed rating becomes obsolete.
  12. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,493   +3,493

    Because it's only in theory. Everything on the list actually exists and is useable. All current QCs can do is provide physics demos; they can't run any software useful for anything else.

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