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Smaller, faster, cheaper — Moore’s Law pushes the electronic industry

January 13, 2012 - Art Smith
For decades a principle called Moore’s Law has affected people using electronic gizmos. Moore’s Law is not a piece of legislation, but a theory that the capacity of a printed circuit board can be doubled every two years.

Because of advancements in memory and miniaturization it means manufactures can produce smaller and faster gizmos without the cost of the devices going up that much.

For the consumer it means the latest WOWpod likely will seem out of date within a year, forcing the user to either buy a new one, or live with what they have.

Since 1971 the speed of transistors has risen at a pace that very closely follows Moore’s Law.

Engineers have predicted for years this pace would have to slow at some point because things could only get so small.

Think again.

Researchers at IBM recently announced they now know how to use just 12 atoms to store one bit of information. It currently takes a computer a million atoms to do the same thing.

You don’t have to be an engineer for IBM to understand you can reduce something from a million to just twelve; you will have the ability to produce devices with massive and cheap storage capability. Electronic books with every book written preloaded, or digital cameras that can store a million photos would not be out of the question.

Working at the scale of atoms of course means there is still a lot of work to do to actually make it all work. When it does work, it should produce some remarkable results.

Take your time IBM. You have two years.


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