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How do you measure computer hardware progress?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (19441points) April 30th, 2017

Do you have any updates on tech statistics? Where is the bottleneck?

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janbb's avatar

Smaller, faster, better

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A good metric is cost / transistor per processor speed.
Transistors get cheaper and cheaper and the speed increases.
Click through some of the other charts there. Microprocessor clock speed over time. You might find them interesting.
Different technologies like: (GaAs) gallium arsenide, (SoS) Silicon on sapphire , (SiC) silicon carbide have similar shaped curves but are offset up or down. Each technology offers different advantages: high temperature, high speed, low power, radiation hardness etc.
You decide the specifications you need and then look for the best technology at an affordable price.
Magical stuff is out there.

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