Intel co-founder Gordon Moore (pdf to digital magazine software) pointed out in 1965, the number of transistors in a chip of approximately doubling every two years, this trend will continue for at least ten years. Moore’s law play a role far longer than Moore’s expected, in 2010, the international technology roadmap for Semiconductors (International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors) began to find the signs of Moore’s law to slow down, and to predict that by the end of 2013, the number of transistors in a chip needs 3 years to double.
AMD chief graphic designer John Gustafson (John Gustafson) said, Moore’s law in slow, because it is related to the economy, “says Moore’s law was originally, production number of transistors more economy will double every two years”. “Moore’s law” was the word from the California Institute of Technology professor Carver Meade (Carver Mead) put forward, Gustafson was Meade’s student.
Gustafson said, “AMD is exploring the most appropriate chip technology development speed, because, if the number of transistors in a chip is too small, the cost of a single transistor will rise, and if the number of transistors in a chip too much, a single transistor costs could rise. Chip manufacturing process improvement from 28 nm to 20 nm, experience time more than Moore’s law predicts the time.”
Moore’s law to the end of the PC industry is not a good thing. Hardware upgrade cycle slowdown means that a new generation of CPU (central processing unit) and GPU (graphics processing unit) attractive to buyers loss.
The performance of CPU and GPU have more than most of the needs of users, the number of kernel and the thread chip exceeding the processing capabilities of most software, people need is no longer a faster CPU and GPU, but more expensive CPU and GPU.
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Consumers also abandoned the traditional desktop and notebook, turning to the intelligent mobile phone and tablet computer and mobile equipment. Although this trend also miniaturization of chip’s request, but the main purpose is to reduce energy consumption. The end of Moore’s law may be slowing down the process, but the user is not likely to pay attention to this point, because after the PC era equipment rarely focus on chip speed.