IBM is now working at the level of the infinitely small; Big Blue researchers have succeeded in developing computers smaller than a grain of salt while remaining able to perform monitoring, communication or even data processing tasks!
IBM’s near microscopic chip brings together hundreds of thousands of transistors on a substrate barely noticeable to the eye. In terms of raw performance, this micro-computer (in the strict sense of the term) would have the same computing power as an Intel x86 chip. In short, what was considered the pinnacle of computing power in the 90s can today hold in the dimensions of a grain of sand.
Better yet, the cost of manufacturing these tiny chips would not exceed a few tens of cents per unit. These hyper-compact SoCs could also interface with each other in a network for AI or Deep Learning functions, or even perform cryptographic analysis to detect fraud or anomalies in Blockchain apps.