NVIDIA CEO first to say Moore's Law is dead

Posted on Wednesday, September 27 2017 @ 11:42 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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DigiTimes observed that NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said at the GPU Technology Conference in Beijing that Moore's Law has come to an end. It's a statement that has been made before by academics for years, but the site points out Huang is the first boss of a major chip firm to say publicly that Moore's Law no longer applies.

This doesn't mean computers can't get a lot more faster, Huang claims the end of Moore's Law makes GPUs even better positioned to capture a larger share of the computing power market. A decade ago, the idea of GPUs replacing CPUs sounded absurd but these days we see GPUs are becoming the workhorse of choice in a lot of fields, including the fast-growing AI market.
Huang said now is an era beyond Moore's Law, which has become outdated. He stressed that both GPU computing capability and neural network performance are developing at a faster pace than set in Moore's Law.

He continued that while the number of CPU transistors has grown at an annual pace of 50%, the CPU performance has advanced by only 10%, adding that designers can hardly work out more advanced parallel instruction set architectures for CPU and therefore GPU will soon replace CPU.
Intel on the other hand refutes this claim and said at its Technology and Manufacturing Day on September 19 that Moore's Law will not fail in the foreseeable future.

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