RIP Moore's Law. You had a good run. At least that's what Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang believes. The executive, who co-founded graphics chipmaker Nvidia, on Wednesday declared that "Moore's Law isn't possible anymore."A key part of semiconductor manufacturing is shrinking the components called transistors -- extraordinarily tiny electronic switches that process data for everything from microwave oven clocks to artificial intelligence algorithms running in our phones. Now playing: Watch this: Nvidia CEO demos next-generation computer graphics at... 3:55 Intel co-founder Gordon Moore in 1965 predicted a steady, two-year cadence of chip improvements that would double a processor's performance every couple of years. Moore's Law became more than a guideline for computer processor manufacturing. It's instead evolved into a shorthand definition for innovation at regular intervals, and has become a self-fulfilling prophecy driving the tech industry. Those regular … [Read more...] about Moore’s Law is dead, Nvidia’s CEO says at CES 2019
Why it matters: Moore's Law used to state that the number of transistors that could be squeezed on a chip would double every year. Later that was changed to every two years, but in 2016 manufacturers hit a wall. Moore's Law has been stalled or at least slowed, and new innovations are needed to reignite it. Chiplets might be the answer. Moore’s Law has been flagging for several years now. Transistors cannot get much smaller. The end of the paradigm is in sight, and it is bad news for chip manufacturers as that is what has driven chip sales for decades now. “We're seeing Moore's law slowing,” AMD’s CTO Mark Papermaster recently told Wired. “You’re still getting more density, but it costs more and takes longer. It’s a fundamental change.” So foundries are scrambling for new ways to extend the cycle and continue bringing more powerful processors to the market. After all, what is the point of getting the latest and greatest processor or PC if … [Read more...] about Are ‘chiplets’ the answer to extending Moore’s Law?
In 2016, the chip industry’s clock ran out. For 50 years, the number of transistors that could be squeezed onto a piece of silicon had increased on a predictable schedule known as Moore’s law. The doctrine drove the digital evolution from minicomputers to PCs to smartphones and the cloud by cramming more transistors onto each generation of microchip, making them more powerful. But as the smallest features of transistors reached about 14 nanometers, smaller than the tiniest viruses, the industry fell off its self-imposed pace. The 2016 edition of a biennial report that usually renewed an industry pledge to sustain Moore’s law abandoned that focus to consider alternative paths forward. “We're seeing Moore's law slowing,” says Mark Papermaster, chief technology officer at chip designer AMD. “You’re still getting more density but it costs more and takes longer. It’s a fundamental change.” That slowdown is forcing chipmakers to look for … [Read more...] about To Keep Pace With Moore’s Law, Chipmakers Turn to ‘Chiplets’
Advertisement Editor’s Picks GlobalFoundries Halts 7-Nanometer Chip Development DARPA Plans a Major Remake of U.S. Electronics Apple, Huawei Both Claim First 7-nm Smartphone Chips Continuing to scale down the size of transistor features has become costlier and trickier in recent years. So much so that only four manufacturers of logic chips—GlobalFoundries, Intel, Samsung, and TSMC—were even planning to continue the multibillion-dollar effort. Those ranks have now thinned, and schedules for the remaining companies are slipping. But don’t count Moore’s Law out quite yet. If you’ve got the cash, you can now hold evidence of its power in your hand in the form of at least two smartphones. And new ways to improve performance without shrinking transistors appear to be in the offing. The Bad In August, GlobalFoundries announced a halt to its development of bleeding-edge chipmaking processes. It had planned to move to the … [Read more...] about The Good, the Bad, and the Weird: 3 Directions for Moore’s Law
Intel’s 9th Gen Core processors are here, and, as expected, they’re simply a refresh of the last generation of chips, with the same 14nm die size the company’s been using since 2014. Performance-wise, Intel says the new chips are squeezing out higher speeds; they’re supposedly up to 10 percent faster than last year’s models. There are also some nice improvements on the more granular side of things for particularly serious users, including the switch back to a solder thermal interface material (STIM) over paste. But for the most part, the new chips have the same things last year’s chips had: more cores. And the reason is pretty simple: Intel still hasn’t managed to move on from its 14nm manufacturing node to the next step, its repeatedly delayed 10nm process. Each processor manufacturing generation is determined by the manufacturing node, which describes the size of the minimum feature on the wafer of silicon. Generally, the smaller the node, … [Read more...] about How Intel’s 9th Gen chips show the way forward after Moore’s Law