Moore's Law At 50: In The News - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Infrastructure // PC & Servers
Commentary
4/20/2015
12:35 PM
Rick Merritt
Rick Merritt
Commentary
100%
0%

Moore's Law At 50: In The News

Here's a sampler of some of the best of the reports that marked the official anniversary of Moore's Law on Sunday, April 19.

Google News tracked 116 articles on the official 50th anniversary of Moore's Law on April 19. I'm amazed the number is so small given the website sometimes serves up thousands of articles on hot topics.

Without Moore's Law there would be no Google News or a whole host of much more significant innovations too numerous to mention. So, let me point to just a few of the good articles on the topic I clicked through on Sunday.

My favorite by far is the special report compiled by IEEE Spectrum, which includes interviews with Gordon Moore and Carver Mead -- each with their share of lively anecdotes.

The San Jose Mercury News, arguably Moore's hometown newspaper, published a good ground-up on the topic. The Wall Street Journal published a sobering treatment that noted one analyst's estimate that it now costs $132 million to make a leading-edge chip -- you really, really want to avoid a re-spin these days.

Read the rest of the story on EE Times.

Based in San Jose, Rick writes news and analysis about the electronics industry and the engineering profession for EE Times. He is the editor of the Android, Internet of Things, Wireless/Networking, and Medical Designlines. He joined EE Times in 1992 as a Hong Kong based ... View Full Bio
We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Gary_EL
50%
50%
Gary_EL,
User Rank: Ninja
4/22/2015 | 10:24:37 PM
Re: Darn Quantum Mechanics!
Maybe not this time. The transistors on a modern IC are so astonishingly small that some of their dimensions can be reasonably compared to the size of an atom. So, if we haven't taken miniaturization as far as it can go, we're getting there. That's where the nature of the challenge changes entirely. Rather than increases in raw processing power and density, the onus will be on organizing and processing information in whole new ways.
danielcawrey
50%
50%
danielcawrey,
User Rank: Ninja
4/22/2015 | 9:24:58 PM
Re: Darn Quantum Mechanics!
Very true, but it would seem to me that the transistor had faced similar limits before breaking through. I think there will be a way around the seeming physical limits of building faster processors. It's happened before, and I think that it will happen again. 
Gary_EL
50%
50%
Gary_EL,
User Rank: Ninja
4/20/2015 | 5:11:55 PM
Darn Quantum Mechanics!
Moore's law has been a great guidepost for all these years, but perhaps no more. Designers are running up to limits based on the size of atoms, and the "uncertainty" involved in dealing with things on so tiny a dimensional scale.
Slideshows
Reflections on Tech in 2019
James M. Connolly, Editorial Director, InformationWeek and Network Computing,  12/9/2019
Slideshows
What Digital Transformation Is (And Isn't)
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  12/4/2019
Commentary
Watch Out for New Barriers to Faster Software Development
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  12/3/2019
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
The Cloud Gets Ready for the 20's
This IT Trend Report explores how cloud computing is being shaped for the next phase in its maturation. It will help enterprise IT decision makers and business leaders understand some of the key trends reflected emerging cloud concepts and technologies, and in enterprise cloud usage patterns. Get it today!
Slideshows
Flash Poll