Thursday, November 19, 2015

Moore's Law Not Broken, Intel Says

Moore's Law is not exhausted, Intel says. That matters for all matters related to computing power and storage and the cost of computing and storage.

Moore’s Law, formulated in the 1960s by Intel chairman emeritus Gordon Moore, predicts that the number of transistors on a chip will double roughly every 18 months to 24 months.

That trend has enabled better, faster, smaller and cheaper tech products, and it has allowed miniaturization to proceed so that the gap between circuits is now only 14 nanometers, or 14 billionths of a meter. That has been an issue, though.

Production yields for 14-nanometer chips have been difficult and are behind where Intel wanted to be. But yields are improving. "14-nm is harder than we thought, but we do not see a long-term difference in what we were able to see in the past and what we can achieve in the future,” said Bill Holt, Intel EVP.

So Intel is comfortable the linear trend associated with Moore's Law can continue.

Cost per transistor is rising, but Intel is scaling its shift to new manufacturing tech faster.

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