Gate count

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In microprocessor design, gate count refers to the number of gates build with transistor and other electronic devices, that are needed to implement a design. Even with today's process technology providing what was formerly considered impossible numbers of gates on a single chip, gate counts remain one of the most important overall factors in the end price of a chip. Designs with fewer gates will typically cost less, and for this reason gate count remains a commonly used metric in the industry.

The term can also refer to the number of persons entering an event (such as a sports event) [1] or a library [2] during a specified period.