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Mildly intesting thought

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

  1. Topgun


    Joined: 27 Oct 2002

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    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?

    Answers on a postcard.
  2. yer_averagejoe


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    a dog?

    Just a guess.
  3. iCraig


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    What the hell type of question is this?

    I seriously have no idea, the size of a car or something? :confused:
  4. TriedandTested


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

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

    Stan :)
  6. Sparky__H

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    105,000,000 x Birmingham
  7. killer_uk

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    The.....size of a postcard? :p
  8. Memphis


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    I feel the thread title was some what exagerated.
  9. Stelly


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

  10. Topgun


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    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


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    I've wrote my answer on a postcard. Its sitting by my monitor. Let me know if I'm right would you?
  12. Six6siX


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  13. "andy"


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    i shouldnt realy of laughed as much as i did at that :p
  14. Stan_Lite

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

    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 :o

    Stan :)