Saturday, August 02, 2008

Transistors and grains of rice

Some more numbers: Whilst there are 1011 stars in the Milky Way galaxy, 1014 cells in the human body, 1015 grains of rice produced annually worldwide, and 1017 ants on planet Earth, it seems that the annual world production of transistors exceeds all these figures, at 10 quintillion, 1019. Not only that, but the cost of producing each transistor is about one-hundreth of the cost of producing each grain of rice!

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