AMD: 20nm is beginning of the end for Moore's Law

Posted on Thursday, April 04 2013 @ 13:33 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Speaking to The Inquirer, AMD claims the delay in transitioning from 28nm to 20nm signals the end of Moore's Law.
Famed Intel co-founder and electronics engineer Gordon Moore predicted that total the number of transistors would double every two years. He also predicted that the 'law' would not continue to apply for as long as it has. It was professor Carver Mead at Caltech that coined the term Moore's Law, and now one of Mead's students, John Gustafson, chief graphics product architect at AMD, has said that Moore's Law is ending because it actually refers to a doubling of transistors that are economically viable to produce.

Gustafson said, "You can see how Moore's Law is slowing down. The original statement of Moore's Law is the number of transistors that is more economical to produce will double every two years. It has become warped into all these other forms but that is what he originally said."

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