Do You Want To Go Faster?"
Of course you do. And you probably will for another ten to twenty years or so, according to the former head of Intel, Gordon Moore.
"Smaller and faster chips mean smaller and faster gadgets; TVs, laptops, mobile phones and music players are all possible due to smaller and faster processors."
Moore predicted, back in 1968, that the computing speed of processing chips – the brain of your machine – would about double every two years.
He noticed a trend in the evolution of processing chips during that early era and suggested it would continue. His theory, known as Moore's Law, proved to be accurate and has been the industry's incentive since.
A processing chip's speed is determined by its number of transistors, and as this number grows, technology moves forward.
Smaller components are what enable manufacturers to shrink down the size of the chip, and the overall size of the device the chip operates. Smaller and faster chips mean smaller and faster gadgets; TVs, laptops, mobile phones and music players are all possible due to smaller and faster processors.
Will we ever reach a speed limit? Probably. Moore says that we are reaching our barrier in terms of how dense silicon chips can be. Intel already manufactures in nanometer magnitudes – billionths of a metre. To get smaller, some researchers are experimenting with different materials to replace the diodes and transistors on the chip, while others are looking to push the evolution forward with a quantum leap – engineering at a sub–atomic level.