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Consider the following example:

Some of these technologies are as recent as three months old. 

I the above sentence correct, and is it a normal way to convey the meaning in English.

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You sentence

Some of these technologies are as recent as three months old.

is understandable, and for emphasis

Some of these technologies are only as recent as three months old.

but a better way to express it might be

Some of these technologies are only three months old.

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Although your sentence is understandable, it is ungrammatical.

The complement of as recent as is a point-in-time reference:

yesterday
two months ago
last year
this morning
1989
etc

a predicate complement:

The news must be as recent as (is) possible.

or a clause complement:

The model of the car must be as recent as you can manage.

The model of the car must be as recent as we can afford.

{age} does not work:

These technologies are as recent as three months old ungrammatical

A baby was born recently. The birth was recent. But to say that the baby is "as recent as six months old" is not grammatical.

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  • what about (is) three months old?
    – shampoo
    Jun 5, 2017 at 13:42
  • three months old is a perfectly valid subject complement with "BE (is/are/etc)". You could say Some of these technologies are only three months old. (as Peter recommended at the bottom of his answer)
    – TimR
    Jun 5, 2017 at 15:40

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