James and the Giant Processor - 15 April 2017
Meet the mind behind our latest exhibit!
James Newman, builder of the Megaprocessor, will be at the Centre on the afternoon of Saturday April 15th to answer questions about his remarkable creation.
The Megaprocessor, a 10m-long and 2m high computer, takes pride of place in our foyer. This machine shows the inner workings of a microprocessor, the ubiquitous chip at the heart of billions of electronic devices. Microprocessors are so small that they're incredibly hard to understand, even though they are vitally important to modern society.
The Megaprocessor blows up these chips to show off their components on a much larger scale, letting anyone gain an appreciation for the inner workings of a smartphone, laptop or games console. It features 12,000 LEDs and 40,000 transistors, and James had to make over 250,000 individual solder joints to wire it all up!
If you'd like to ask what it's like to have your living room taken over by a computer for four years, this is a great event to come to. Other questions are also permitted! James will be at the Centre from 2pm.
This is a drop-in event. You can purchase your tickets for the day here or pay on the door.
Remember - All proceeds go to support our Computing Museum!