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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Moore’s Law – Another Perspective

Those who know me will know that I like to speak about the remarkable impact of Moore’s Law. In the words of Don Tappan at Intel, computing has become infinitely fast and vanishingly cheap. What Gordon Moore said, over 50 years ago, was that as you put more transistors on an integrated circuit, the cost per transistor went down. But, so did the manufacturing yield. So, there is a sweet spot that minimizes the manufactured cost per transistor. Moore expected that technology improvements would drive that optimum in favor of more and more transistors. Here a discussion and links to the original paper: It was only later that people, including Moore, tried to apply a time scale, or doubling time, to computing power. For technical computing, it turns out that computing capability has doubled every 18 months for nearly 55 years! In addition, Moore’s technical statement became a business imperative:
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