1. They are inside your Electronic Gadgets:

Let us start by taking an example of dissecting an Apple Macbook / ipad:

The Computer Display

The Computer Display

 

Next, 

Computer Batteries

Computer Batteries (The power house)

 

And then, 

The circuit boards

The circuit boards

 

At last:

The Chip on a Circuit board

The Chip on a Circuit board (A Microprocessor)

Finally on the circuit board, you will get to a bunch of Computer chips. That’s where they are, the 30 chips that you bought last year. The actual heart of the chip is actually present inside the chip’s outer protective cover as shown below.

The Chip on a Circuit board

The Chip on a Circuit board (present inside a protective package)

2. They are in the Cloud:

The chips in the electronics gadgets you own are the ones you can see. There are chips that you don’t see, but still, you use them almost everyday. They are in the Cloud. 

Siri and Google

Siri and Google

 

If you’re talking to Siri (or) if Google is completing your thoughts for you, this is accomplished by the chips present in the Cloud, doing all that work for you.

 

Example of a Cloud: The Google Data Center.

 

Google Data Center

Google Data Center

Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft etc., they all have these things. 

 

Every row in this building is stacks of these boxes called servers. 

Stacks of Servers

Stacks of Servers

 

Every server box has these cards.

Server Cards

Server Cards

 

And the cards have a lot of chips.

That’s the cloud. A bunch of chips in a building.

These data centers (or) Cloud are simply, huge computers connected together. The servers these days have incredible processing capability and efficiency. They can now run native applications like MS word, MS Excel inside them, and the user can access those applications through the web.

Example: Instead of buying and installing MS word / MS Excel on a computer, one can use Google Drive & Google Docs for free!

This use model where the servers do all the computation, instead of the user’s computer; is termed as Cloud Computing.

3. And they are everywhere else..

The chips are in Airplanes, Television sets, Music players, Washing Machines, Satellites, Rockets, Cars and you know.. Almost everywhere.. 

So, where do we start to learn more about these chips? Well to begin with, your smart phones have chips too.. 

iphone a7 chip

The Brains of an iPhone 5s – an ARM A7 chip

 

But starting with something this complex will not be logical. Now that we have a brief idea about what a Computer chip is, it is time to define what a Computer is.