Man builds wall-sized processor




A man from Cambridge has completed the first three modules of a processor that is so large that it covers an entire wall. The man wants to make clear the operation of a processor by making it extremely large.

The man, James Newman, began last year with the construction of the processor, which, once completed, must occupy an area of ​​14 x 2 meters. The ‘ mega processor consists of several modules, each covering a large frame and form part of the processor.

In February he managed to complete the State & Status module including the status register, followed by aluminum in May. Sunday, he managed to get ready for the general purpose registers. Now he must include more work on the modules with special purpose registers, the decoder section, the input-output, ram and rom, all on a large scale. Actually Newman hoped his project late 2014 to finalize all off, but the new deadline is put on ‘summer 2015’.

The motive of the technician is that he wants to show how computers actually work. “The problem is we can not shrink to walk around in it, but we can reverse or that thing make big enough,” he writes. Furthermore, he wants to make visible LEDs with how the data is moving in the mega processor.

The processor will consist of approximately 14,000 transistors, less than the 8086 Intel in 1976 29,000 transistors on an area of ​​33mm² managed to cram. The 16-megapixel processor, with an 8bit external bus width, more RAM and get a prom quantity of 256 bytes. There is a 500W power supply for the drive, but most of the 3,500 LEDs would need a lot of energy.


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