For all you computer engineers out there, this may come as a shock: Moore's Law is dead according to the man himself. All those years of "the number of transistors on a die will double every 18mo" beaten into your heads is all for naught. Truth be told, the real reason for the death of Moore's Law has to do with the instability introduced in current transistor technology at higher frequencies. To compensate, chips have gone horizontal. Rather than increasing the frequency to produce better performance, manufacturers are increasing the transistor count via the number of cores on a die at a lower frequency. By doubling the number of transistors at a given stable frequency, vendors can produce near double performance numbers at lower frequencies and power consumption resulting in increased stability.
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