Intel Making a Major Technological Shift; Chip Speeds Expected to Stall
Intel has said that new technologies in chip manufacturing will have power efficiency taking priority over faster execution times. In other words, Intel is calling an end to ‘Moore’s Law’ in practical terms, which has been the fundamental impetus behind the development of computing hardware for the past fifty years.
Derived from a speech given by Gordon E. Moore, who himself was the co-founder of Intel, Moore’s Law successfully predicted the doubling of density in integrated circuits, and therefore speed, every two years.
However, Intel’s Executive Vice President William Holt has stated that chip speeds can be expected to stall as the company shifts its focus to better energy consumption, at least in the early years of semi-quantum-based chip production.
“Particularly as we look at the Internet of things, the focus will move from speed improvements to dramatic reductions in power.”
Holt put forward his prognosis while speaking at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, where he was discussing the new technologies, such as tunnelling transistors (or ‘Quantum tunnelling’) and spintronics.
“We’re going to see major transitions,” said Holt. “The new technology will be fundamentally different.” and continued “The best pure technology improvements we can make will bring improvements in power consumption but will reduce speed.”
Source: MIT Technology Review