Intel co-founder Gordon Moore is a visionary.
His bold prediction, popularly known as Moore's Law, states that the number of transistors on a chip will double approximately every two years.
Intel, which has maintained this pace for decades, uses this golden rule as both a guiding principle and a springboard for technological advancement.
Intel leads the semiconductor industry by delivering:
· The world’s first 3-D Tri-Gate transistor, set for mass production in 2011, offers faster, more power-efficient processors.
· A new processor generation every two years, including the 32nm process in 2009—now in high-volume production—and the 22nm process, on track for production later in 2011.
· A worldwide silicon fab network, with five fabs slated for 22nm production by the end of 2012.
· Revolutionary technologies on a chip, such as strained silicon and hafnium-based gate-last high-k metal gate (HKMG), deliver improved performance and energy efficiency in a cost-effective way.
A highly coordinated internal R&D manufacturing pipeline for introduction of new technologies.
Moore’s Law: What it means to you
Moore’s Law is the foundation for exciting new technological capabilities and improved energy efficiency.
Advances in process technology and subsequent reductions in cost make computing devices accessible to an ever-increasing number of people worldwide, empowering innovations across the computing continuum—from the smallest handheld devices to the most powerful cloud-based servers.
You can see the results of Moore’s Law all around you, in devices millions of people use every day, including personal computers and laptops, mobile phones, and consumer electronics.
The tenets of Moore’s Law enable improved functionality at an increasingly rapid pace in everything from common household appliances to important innovations in automobiles, life-saving medical devices, and even spacecrafts.
Moore’s Law also inspires energy efficiency and green manufacturing. As the number of transistors placed on chips continues to increase exponentially, fewer resources are used to produce each chip.