Tag: Moore’s Law

Nanotech Grand Challenge & Federal Vision for Future Computing

Aug 8, 2016 |

What will computing look like in the post Moore’s Law era? There’s no shortage of ideas. A new federal white paper – A Federal Vision for Future Computing: A Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge – tackles the ‘what’s next’ question and spells out seven specific research and development priorities and identifies the federal entities responsible.

Transistors Won’t Shrink Beyond 2021, Says Final ITRS Report

Jul 28, 2016 |

The final International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) is now out. The highly-detailed multi-part report, collaboratively published by a group of international semiconductor experts, offers guidance on the technological challenges and opportunities for the semiconductor industry through 2030. One of the major takeaways is the insistence that Moore’s law will continue for some time even though traditional transistor scaling (through smaller feature sizes) is expected to hit an economic wall in 2021.

LBNL Researchers Report Method to Make “Atomically Thin” Circuits

Jul 14, 2016 |

This week researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have reported a new method to create transistors and circuits that are only a few atoms thick. Their report, Large-scale chemical assembly of atomically thin transistors and circuits, published in Nature Nanotechnology, is another reminder that novel materials and approaches may indeed contribute to extending Moore’s law. Read more…

Intel Stretches Node Cycles, Bids Farewell to Tick-Tock

Mar 28, 2016 |

In a recent 10-K filing (an annual report to the US Securities and Exchange commission), Intel announced that it is retiring its 24-month tick-tock development model and replacing it with a 30-month ‘process, architecture, optimization’ model.

Moore’s Law – Not Dead – and Intel’s Use of HPC to Keep it Alive

Jan 11, 2016 |

Gordon Moore’s 1965 article on the economics driving the increase of semiconductor functionality has turned out to be wildly prophetic in terms of the effect on transistor scaling. Nearly 40 years later, in 2004, Intel was building microprocessors on the 90 nanometer process with 150 million transistors in a single chip. Today, we’re putting as Read more…

TOP500 Reanalysis Shows ‘Nothing Wrong with Moore’s Law’

Nov 20, 2015 |

In Tuesday night’s TOP500 session, list co-creator and co-author Erich Strohmaier brought perspective to what could at first appear to be a land grab of unprecedented scale by China, when he shared that many of these new entrants were mid-lifecycle systems that were just now being benchmarked. But what is likely to be even more Read more…

IBM Reports Carbon Nanotube Transistor Breakthrough

Oct 1, 2015 |

Perhaps Moore’s law isn’t doomed just yet. Maybe. IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) reported in a paper in Science today a technique for making carbon nanotube transistors with tiny (~9nm) contacts that exhibit low, size-independent resistance. This overcomes a huge hurdle in shrinking transistor size beyond current limits. “I think this is the first carbon nanotube Read more…

China Scores Fifth TOP500 Win with Tianhe-2

Jul 14, 2015 |

When China grabbed the TOP500 crown for its Tianhe-2 supercomputer in June 2013 with double the peak FLOPS of the next fastest machine (Titan at Oak Ridge National Laboratory), could anyone have foreseen that the machine would still hold on to the top spot a full two years later? As we can see from the 45th edition Read more…

IBM First to 7nm Process with Working Transistors

Jul 9, 2015 |

IBM Research has announced the world’s first 7nm node test chips with functioning transistors, accomplished via a partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY Poly CNSE). Although production 7nm chips are at least two years away, IBM has delivered on its promise to develop the process nodes and beaten Read more…

Graphene Promises Ultimate On-Chip Interconnect Scaling

Jun 29, 2015 |

Graphene has been heralded as a potential Moore’s law extender. The single-atom layer of carbon is prized for its strength, flexibility, lightness and conductivity. While most graphene electronics research has centered on its potential as a silicon replacement, a research project out of Stanford University has a different proposition, one that may, in fact, be a more feasible first-production-use of graphene. In Read more…