You are right, I struggled a bit with the notion of showing the smallest transistor possible. As a result of this project I realized that most people have no clue of the dramatic change this industry has gone through … and don’t care.
I remember grabbing the tuning knob on a radio when I was a kid, while in bare feet, and getting the shit shocked out of me.
I remember going to the 7-11 to buy replacement tubes for the B/W TV whose vertical hold was always crapping out.
I remember getting my first transistor radio for christmas…
Zooming forward to now I typing on a computer that is multiple magnitudes more powerful than the eniac and next to me is a mobile communication device right out of star trek.
Thought this was interesting:
" By the end of its operation in 1956, ENIAC contained 20,000 [vacuum tubes]; 7,200 [crystal diodes]; 1,500 relays; 70,000 [resistors]; 10,000 [capacitors]; and approximately 5,000,000 hand-[soldered] joints. It weighed more than 30 short tons (27 t), was roughly 2.4 m × 0.9 m × 30 m (8 ft × 3 ft × 98 ft) in size, occupied 167 m2 (1,800 sq ft) and consumed 150 kW of electricity. This power requirement led to the rumor that whenever the computer was switched on, lights in Philadelphia dimmed. Input was possible from an IBM [card reader] and an IBM [card punch] was used for output. These cards could be used to produce printed output offline using an [IBM] accounting machine, such as the [IBM 405]. While ENIAC had no system to store memory in its inception, these punch cards could be used for external memory storage. In 1953, a 100-[word] [magnetic-core memory] built by the Burroughs Corporation was added to ENIAC.
My first job was designing competing IBM compatible printers, punch card readers and punch machines!