Moore: Innovation Will Keep Law Alive
At the ISSCC show in San Francisco, integrated circuit pioneer Gordon Moore tells engineers that the longevity of his 1965 prediction hinges on their innovation.SAN FRANCISCOAlthough the immutable laws of physics will one day trump his famous "law" that predicted the exponential growth of computing power, integrated circuit pioneer Gordon Moore on Monday acknowledged, researchers will be able to delay the inevitable through cutting edge innovations in lithography and power management, he said. In his keynote speech here marking the 50th anniversary of the International Solid State Circuits Conference, Moore, co-founder and chairman emeritus of Intel Corp., said the semiconductor industry has already amazed him with its ability to keep the innovations coming fast enough to validate his 1965 predictionknown as Moores Lawthat integrated circuit density and complexity would double every year or two for the foreseeable future. The fulfillment of that prediction has been a driving force behind the computer industrys ability to deliver increasing levels of processing power at lower costs. In order to sustain exponential growth in integrated circuit density, the semiconductor is already exceeding his expectations, Moore said. "We are breaking the laws of physics," said Moore.
For example, said Moore, current semiconductor fabrication processes are now able to etch lines on silicon below 100 nanometers. Thats nearing the limit using conventional light sources, Moore said. "This is something that I would have thought impossible."