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Gary_EL
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7/2/2014 | 1:49:12 PM
Not with Silicon
The one thing no one can do is reduce the size of a silicon atom, so if silicon continues to be the way to go, Moore's Law would be soon be coming to the end of its "jurisdiction." However, the oft mentioned nanatube transistor seems to be edging closer and closer to reality, with the inherent possiblity of extending Moore's law for some additional years.
Thomas Claburn
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7/2/2014 | 3:36:15 PM
Re: Not with Silicon
Maybe it's time to focus on making software and hardware more usable. Moore's Law is already hampered by lack of progress in battery technology.
Gary_EL
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7/2/2014 | 3:40:18 PM
Re: Not with Silicon
I agree. Nothing has been so disappointing across the board as the lack of progress in batteries. And, it's not as if it's been neglected, either, with billions having been spent here, in China, and elsewhere.
Laurianne
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7/2/2014 | 4:45:07 PM
Re: Not with Silicon
Is Google working working with mobile device battery techs at all? If they intend to rule Android devices /wearables, this would fit in the portfolio of projects.
moarsauce123
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7/3/2014 | 2:57:31 PM
Maybe the approach in general needs to be different
Of course, smaller and smaller chips are great, but maybe it is better to improve production efficiencies to make chips cheaper to produce and optimize the designs for power consumption. That way we can simple stuff multiple CPUs and GPUs into systems spreading the work across multiple physical units that need to get a lot of help from chipsets, memory, peripherals, and especially software.

In other words, stop continuing making inefficient designs and software while asking for faster chips. Instead, focus on efficient coding and designs. Does any developer these days think about memory usage or which command will execute a wee bit faster? Maybe firmware engineers still have that mindset, but with credit card sized multi-purpose computers that come with plenty of RAM even that is often not top of mind.


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