What is driving chip progress now?
What is happening
Moore’s law on the regular increase in performance of semiconductors is reaching its limits. For the first time, the timetable for further chip development in the coming years presented by the semiconductor industry in March 2016 is no longer based on Moore’s law. The manufacturer Intel stated that it will no longer be orienting itself along the lines of this regular increase in performance in the future.
“What is coming to an end is the uniform and joint effort of an entire industry to maintain Moore’s law. In the future, chip manufacturers are going to have to take more differentiated and specific paths. There will continue to be innovations, but they will be more nuanced and complex,” says Lars Jaeger.
Good to know
With the development of mobile computers, differentiations in chip design have become an economic necessity because new mobile demands require the manufacture of many different processing units.
There is also the prospect of entirely new approaches which will allow constant technological progress for computers and which would even possibly help Moore’s law to perpetual validity. Because human creativity knows virtually no bounds. The new approaches include alternative carrier materials for electronic circuits, such as graphs or carbon nanotubes, and further innovative ideas, explains Lars Jaeger in CONNECTIONS No. 51 (pages 36+37).
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“Semiconductor development is entering a new era. Moore’s law is no longer the means of orientation, but is not losing its significance”.
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