Moore's Law Continues
Intel reports new material to shrink chips

From the Article:As the transistors on chips have gotten smaller and smaller, manufacturers have been able to create chips containing tens of millions of transistors. At the same time, the problem with heat generation has grown. Intel's development will significantly reduce the heat that each transistor generates, allowing transistors to shrink further. Over the next several years, Intel will be able to move from 90 nanometer manufacturing processes down to 45 nanometer processes and fit up to four times as many transistors on the same chip. Within this decade we are likely to see individual chips containing half a billion transistors.

Developments like these explain why Moore's Law has been able to stay on course for decades. Each time we seem to bump up against fundamental limits, scientists and engineers develop new technologies to keep Moore's Law on track. See Robotic Nation for details.

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