Documenting the Coming Singularity

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Moore's law will live on

Moore's Law, the phenomenon that has allowed computers to double in speed every 2 years (more precisely that the number of transistors that can be squeezed onto an integrated circuit will at least double every 2 years) seems to be a kind of touchstone for whether you are a techno optimist or pessimist.

The nattering nabobs of negativism continue to predict its demise. "It won't last forever," they say. Perhaps not, but according to this article by Alan Boyle of Cosmic Log, it will probably live on for a nice little while thanks to the memristor...

"Will memristors save Moore's Law? The answer appears to be yes … that is, if you redefine Moore's Law, which has fueled the growth of the computer industry for four decades. Research groups say that memristors, a new type of memory device that's on the verge of going commercial, will dramatically enhance the storage capacity and usability of computers."

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