Monday, April 7, 2008

Moore's Law Made real by Intel innovation

ntel co-founder Gordon Moore is a visonary. In 1965, his prediction, popularly known as Moore's Law, states that the number of transistors on a chip will double about every two years. And Intel has kept that pace for nearly 40 years. Today, we continue to help move the industry forward by delivering:
  • A worldwide silicon fab network with seven high volume fabs and another due to open in 2008
  • The world's first 32nm silicon technology on-target for delivery in 2009
  • The world's first 2-billion transistor microprocessor delivered in next-generation Intel® Itanium® processors codenamed Tukwila
  • Revolutionary technologies on a chip, like hafnium-infused high-k metal gate in production today
  • Advanced research into tri-gate transistors and silicon nanotechnology

Gordon Moore's original graph from 1965

Gordon Moore's original graph from 1965

Innovation that delivers again and again

Intel's commitment to Moore's Law has delivered a massive increase in the number of transistors integrated into Intel® processors and other leading technologies. With steady gains in performance and energy efficiency, our technologies continue to enable industry firsts such as advanced caching, memory and reliability technologies, and hardware-assisted support for data centers and virtualization.

Massive performance gains at lower costs

Processing power, measured in millions of instructions per second (MIPS), has steadily risen because of increased transistor counts. But Moore's Law can also mean decreasing costs. As silicon-based technology gains in performance, it becomes less expensive to produce, more plentiful and powerful, and more seamlessly integrated into our daily lives.

With Moore's Law continuing, you can imagine the possibilities:

  • Real-time natural language translation. Imagine being able to speak to someone in a foreign country and having your conversation translated in real-time.
  • Facial recognition that works accurately and instantaneously. Imagine being able to capture faces as people enter an airport and match them in real-time against a database of known terrorists, and having a turnstile lock if there is a match.
  • Auto chauffeur. Imagine a car that takes a verbal command for a destination, driving you there via the least congested route in the safest possible manner.