# Mildly intesting thought

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Topgun, 25 May 2006.

1. Topgun

# Posts: 952

The athlon FX has 105 million transistors in an area 190 square mm. How big would each transistor be if we scaled it up to a city the size of Birmingham roughly 10km x 10km square?

The size of a park? a football pitch? A house? A room?

2. yer_averagejoe

# Location: Auckland, New Zealand

a dog?

Just a guess.

3. iCraig

# Location: Wolverhampton

What the hell type of question is this?

I seriously have no idea, the size of a car or something?

4. TriedandTested

# Location: Neptune

Surely it would be the size of Birmingham City if that's what you're scaling it up to....

5. Stan_Lite

# Location: In bed with your sister

By doing a rough calculation, I reckon about the size of a box of matches.

Stan

6. Sparky__H

# Location: Sea of Dirac

105,000,000 x Birmingham

7. killer_uk

# Location: OcUK HQ

The.....size of a postcard?

8. Memphis

# Location: Inverness

I feel the thread title was some what exagerated.

9. Stelly

# Location: Liverpool

a postcard on the scale of birmingham or an Athlon Fx??

Stelly

10. Topgun

# Posts: 952

I did say "each transistor".

The answer is slightly smaller than a sheet of A4! Shame we can't get them much smaller because of stupid quantum mechanics.

11. Le_Petit_Lapin

# Location: Northern Ireland

I've wrote my answer on a postcard. Its sitting by my monitor. Let me know if I'm right would you?

12. Six6siX

13. "andy"

# Posts: 13,891

i shouldnt realy of laughed as much as i did at that

14. Stan_Lite

# Location: In bed with your sister

Having done the calculation in the cool light of day I realise I made a miscalculation - and so have you

Area of Birmingham = 100 km^2 = 100,000,000 m^2

Area of transistor = Area of Birmingham/number of transistors = 100,000,000 m^2/105,000,000 = 0.952 m^2.

Which is about the same area as a decent sized office desk.

I have too much time on my hands

Stan