The Future of Computing: Post-Silicon Computing

The laws of physics won’t allow silicon-based transistors to get ever smaller and more efficient. Although semiconductor manufacturers are hitting the limits of Moore’s Law, there’s ample room for growth in computing power.

From new materials to new ways of defining computing itself, we’re not done packing more power into less space.

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The semiconductor industry no longer assumes it can keep doubling microprocessor power every two years.

The limits of silicon

Chips have become so small and complex, requiring such costly tools and processes, that maintaining such a pace is no longer financially feasible.

If transistors get any smaller, they may no longer abide predictably by the usual laws of physics.

What may replace it

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