What is this?

Does anyone recognise what this is?


It’s a stylised setup for the first transistor, created by Bell Labs on the afternoon of 23 December 1947. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_transistor

I admit to not recognising it myself, even though I’ve worked in the industry for 18 years and take it’s invention for granted.   Here is the current record I could find for a single chip – 7.1Bn transistors in a 678mm² form.

IBM z13 Storage Controller Transistor count 7,100,000,000 2015 IBM 22 nm Area 678 mm²

And for FPGAs, Virtex-Ultrascale XCVU440 20Bn+ transistors! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transistor_count

When it comes to RAM, this 128GB DRAM DIMM seems to take the overall record though.   128 Bn Transistors?



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