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Computer Design: Miniaturization Rule and Robot Brain p. 283


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Which is the correct application of the miniaturization rule. The example on p. 228 or the Robot Brain example on p. 283 in Chapter 13; Standard designs?

The Miniaturization Rule p. 228 states: "High technology allows systems to be miniaturized. Each TL above the minimum (up to a maximum of +4 TLs) required to build a given type of core or data storage reduces the required volume and EP of the computer by 10%." The CPU output, storage capacity, and cost are not affected."

The example, bottom of first and top of second column on p. 228, for miniaturization shows that volume/size and EP are reduced by 10%. Note: Examples in THB used the text data for the examples, I am using the Computer Core Table data for all examples.
</font><blockquote>code:</font><hr /><pre style="font-size:x-small; font-family: monospace;">Type TL Cost(Cr) Volume EP CPU Output
Linear 7 250 1.35 0.09 2</pre>[/QUOTE]</font><blockquote>code:</font><hr /><pre style="font-size:x-small; font-family: monospace;">TL7 TL8
10 Linear units 10 Linear units
13.5vl 12.15vl (10% less because TL is 1 higher than required TL of 7)
Cr2500 Cr2500
0.9EP 0.81EP (10% less because TL is 1 higher than required TL of 7)
20 CPU Output 20 CPU Output </pre>[/QUOTE]The example of the Robot Brain on p. 283 shows the miniaturization reduction being applied in the same manner as shown in the Hardwiring example at the top of the first column on p. 228.