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Has Altera broken the record for transistors on a chip … or not?

Clive Maxfield
4/18/2011 07:00 PM EDT

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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   4/18/2011 10:18:25 PM
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I was just chatting to one of my friends at Altera who told me: "With regard to our announcement, we are referring specifically to logic devices. This essentially includes processors, ASSPs, ASICs, FPGAs, etc." Ah Ha! I say ... I love it when I'm right :-)

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Duane Benson   4/18/2011 7:51:00 PM
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Toshiba has a Flash chip with 128 GB capacity. It's made by stacking 16 8GB layers inside the chip package. To your point Max, I'm not sure it would be possible to produce an 8GB dice with fewer than 3.9 Giga-transistors. To one of your other points, it sounds like a pretty significant achievement for an FPGA. Give that an Intel i7 is listed as having about 3/4 of a billion transistors, you should be able to do some pretty incredible things with their FPGA.

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Max The Magnificent   4/18/2011 7:11:12 PM
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The more I say 3.9 billion transistors the more I think what an amazing achievement it it to get a chip like this up and running ... so how many billion transistors do you think we'll be seeing by say 2020?

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