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Posted 02 May 2012 - 06:55 PM

Physicist says Moore's Law is 'collapsing'
How would computing's evolution be affected if Gordon Moore's theory dies in 10 years?
By Sharon Gaudin
May 2, 2012 06:00 AM ET

Computerworld - A well-known theoretical physicist has taken direct aim at a key theory in the computer industry, saying Moore's Law is collapsing.

Physicist Michio Kaku, a professor of theoretical physics at City University of New York, said in a videotaped interview on BigThink.com (watch below) that time is running out on the 47-year-old law. And that could affect the evolution of the computer processor.

"In about 10 years or so, we will see the collapse of Moore's Law," Kaku said. "In fact, we already see a slowing down of Moore's Law. Computing power simply cannot maintain its rapid exponential rise using standard silicon technology."

The prediction was made by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore in 1965. It holds that the number of transistors on a chip doubles about every two years and can be done inexpensively.

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