- Moore's Law: More than 25 years ago, when Intel was developing the first microprocessor, company cofounder Gordon Moore
predicted that the number of transistors on a microprocessor would double approximately every 18 months.
To date, Moore's law has proven remarkably accurate, however, some feel Moore's Law is maxing out.
The latest to chime in is an IBM fellow, according to a report.
IBM Fellow Carl Anderson
, who researches server computer design at IBM, claims the end of the era of Moore's Law is nigh, according to a report in [Register or Login to view links]
Exponential growth in every industry eventually has to come to an end, according Anderson, who cited railroads and speed increases in the aircraft industry, the report said.
"A generation or two of continued exponential growth will likely continue only for leading-edge chips such as multicore microprocessors, but more designers are finding that everyday applications do not require the latest physical designs," Anderson said in the EE Times' report.
Anderson also cited the staggering costs of research and fabs (factories) as a formidable barrier for continued advancement. Few companies can afford chip plants that typically...