Tuesday, September 28, 2004

The End is nigh (for chip makers that is)

Outgoing Intel chiefs interview somewhat foreboding for the future of the IC: "Most theoretical guesstimates are that when you get down to the 5 nanometer range, these things physically don't work anymore, because you've run out of atoms.
You can't split an atom in half or you can't split a molecule in half. But to get to 5 nanometers, you go from 90 to 65 to 45 to 30 to 20 to 12 to 5. So, there's six or so generations between now and then. "

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