That’s a 2005 silicon wafer signed by Gordon Moore. Hard to believe more than 50 years have now passed since Moore first penned those prophetic words. Science & Society Picture Library/SSPL/Getty Images In 1965, Fairchild Semiconductor’s director of research and development wrote an article for Electronics magazine. In that article, he pointed out that economics made it possible for companies to cram more components, such as transistors, onto integrated circuits. He also noted that this progression followed a fairly predictable course, allowing him to project that integrated transistors would have twice the number of components every year. That director was Gordon E. Moore, and his observation became known as Moore’s law. Over the years, Moore’s law has evolved a bit. Today, we tend to say computers will double in processing power every 18 months or so. But that original definition Moore supplied — the idea of adding more components to a square inch of silicon semiconductor chip in a traditional integrated circuit — finally may be reaching its limit. According to the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, after 2021 we won’t be able to shrink transistors any more. They’ll be as small as they’re going to get. We’re hitting fundamental… Read full this story
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