Faster, better, cheaper. Isn’t that the goal of every manufacturing process? It sounds hubristic to even try but, thanks to Moore’s Law, that’s what the semi-conductor industry has achieved year after year – for nearly 60 years.
And it’s Moore’s law that predicted that trend towards smaller, faster, cheaper, and more energy-efficient computing.
Indeed, chip manufacturer Intel calculates that, if the automobile industry had performed as well as Moore’s Law, we’d now be driving cars that:
- Cost us around $0.04 (£0.04 or €0.04)
- Get almost 2 million miles per gallon (700,000 km/litre)
- Can travel at nearly 300,000 mph (500,000 km/h).
But there are clouds on the horizon. Inevitably, for physical reasons, Moore’s law must reach an end. But strangely, this makes it a good time to look at it.