Moore's law runs its course

Questions raised at IDF conference about the enduring rule
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The theory, dubbed Moore's Law, first noted by Intel co-founder Micheal Moore, has run its course admitted Moore at this weeks IDF conference. The logic, first noted four decades ago is based around his observation that the number of transistors placed on an integrated circuit doubles every two years. His estimates helped outline trends the semiconductor industry for more than 40 years.

"We have another decade, a decade and a half, before we hit something that is fairly fundamental," Moore said during the session. That something "fundamental" is material science. Even the most advanced lithography conceivable today can't eliminate the brick wall that is the nanoscale.

Obviously, there has to be a point where it is no longer feasible to line up individual atoms on transistors. Intel are currently exploring using carbon nanotubes for processor interconnects.

"It's an exciting time," he said. "I'd love to come back in 100 years and see what happened in the meantime," Added Moore.



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