Wednesday, 15 December 2010

The falling cost of computers

Researching for a talk on ICT budgets, I came across these figures from the US on the relative cost of computers over the period 1987-2007.

The data takes a $4000 computer in 1987 as a baseline and compares what it would cost to purchase the equivalent computing power today to the equivalent purchasing power taking into to account inflation over that period.

Clearly this is not the whole picture, as greater processing power is required today because of greater expectations about performance and because of software requirements. Nevertheless, despite the reducing costs of computers, the level of capital investment in ICT kit remains constant - see previous blog post ICT Capital Expenditure in ISC Schools - the statistics.

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