May 29th, 2017

This morning I ran into this article:

Massive Leak Reveals Monster 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE Processor: Should AMD Be Worried?

One place where total insanity is…. Sweet!

They are talking about Home Computer Processors!

Got me to thinking about 2 separate things that seem to have crossed paths in my life.

“The tide raises all boats” and Moore’s Law

Moore’s Law is the observation that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. The observation is named after Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel, whose 1965 paper described a doubling every year in the number of components per integrated circuit,and projected this rate of growth would continue for at least another decade. In 1975, looking forward to the next decade, he revised the forecast to doubling every two years. The period is often quoted as 18 months because of Intel executive David House, who predicted that chip performance would double every 18 months (being a combination of the effect of more transistors and the transistors being faster).

… All boats are raised by an incoming tide

I was thinking about the 3 computer devices I’d bought since the beginning of the year.

A new phone, an Android tablet & a refurbished laptop.

The phone, purchased because (1) my old phone died and (2) because I wanted MORE!

I got more. The $35 dollar brand new Boost Mobile Alcatel Dawn prepaid phone has a Quad core processor! And you can see the difference. Anything requiring processing power goes very quickly.

The Boost Mobile plan for the includes Unlimited Data for $45 a month. That’s LTE 4G data, slicker than snot on a doorknob.

The tablet, a $45 RCA Voyager, also has a Quad Core processor. Nice for gaming and the 7 inch screen was why I bought it.

Then my laptop, a refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad T410 for $258 from a company that has always been outstanding, has only a Dual Core i7 processor. But those cores each supports 2 threads, which acts like 4 cores.

More about threads later…

A quick plug for the blokes who refurbished my laptop…

What I’m saying is that I bought 3 devices this year that all have far greater computational power than anything I’ve ever owned.

And they were bottom shelf purchases (the low price items) The laptop wasn’t even new…

So the tide rising…

The advances in processing power (18 cores) in the Top Shelf computers made everything else gain in cores and power to keep up.

So everyone benefits.

For a number of years my advice (when asked) about buying laptops and desktop computers is buy what you like & can afford. The power of computers has surpassed most home tasks with the exception of hard-core video editing (heavy video use, not editing pornography) and gaming.

Now that advice extends to phones & tablets.

So this Memorial day I sit in my “evil” comfy chair writing this blog on my Quad core phone with Unlimited data.

Don’t thank me for my service. I’m not dead, yet! Memorial day is for DEAD Veterans. On Veteran’s day you can thank me.

BTW, Blogging tip. If you know HTML you can go into the text mode in WordPress’s post editor (the online one) and just type away with what you want to say adding the HTML tags as you go. I find it easier & less disruptive of the creative flow

And, as promised, more about threads…

Computer Cores & Threads…


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