Moore's Law

CPUs double their calculating capacity every 18 months. This is called "Moore's Law" and was predicted in 1965 by Gordon Moore (intel). He is right for almost more than 35 years. The latest CPUs use internal wiring only 0.25µ wide (1/400 of a human hair). But if Moore's Law has to be valid into the next century, more transistors have to be squeezed onto silicon layers. IBM succeeded as the first in making copper conductors instead of aluminum. Copper is cheaper and faster, but the problem was to isolate it from the silicon. The problem has been solved with a new type of coating, and now chips can be designed with 0.13µ technology. The technology is expected later to work with just 0.05µ wiring! Texas Instruments announced on August 27th 1998 that they expect 0.07µ CMOS processing in the year 2001.
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