Engineers from the Middle Kingdom managed to create a compact computer the size of a coin. It was developed by specialists from the Chinese company Ingenic Semiconductor.
The device is named Newton. It is the first microcomputer based on a MIPS-compatible CPU. Outwardly, it looks like an integrated circuit board and is comparable in size to a regular coin. The dimensions of the board are only 2 x 4 cm.
Newton includes not only the CPU, but also RAM and flash memory, a number of sensors, a USB connector, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC chips for wireless communication. It runs on the Android mobile operating system and has a low power consumption.
According to the developers, their microcomputer is comparable in performance to modern smartphones. Due to its compact size, it can be installed in today's popular wearable gadgets. However, when the first devices based on Newton will appear, we can only guess.