October 17, 2007:

Moore's Law is not a law

This public service announcement triggered by a Gama Sutra story in which various chipmakers muse on it.

"We are outstripping our engineering resources and we cannot produce all the things we are theoretically capable of producing, because of Moore's Law."

... But Moore's Law isn't a law. It's an _observation_ based on the speed of technological development in the early stages of chip design. It will not hold true forever, no matter how much chipmakers would like it to.

Okay, Random And Irrelevant Rumination Over.


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