Computer Processors: Intel left outside

Computer Processors: Intel left outside
June 6, 2011 Economist.com
Intel

As technology consumers, we’ve grown used to our computers processors doubling in power every few years. These predictable increases have contributed the ever-improving increase in performance and decrease in prices of our beloved computers. Back in 1965, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore noticed that the number of transistors capable of being crammed on a sliver of silicon seems to double in quantity every two years. This concept was donned Moore’s law. Unfortunately, it has been commonly understood by engineers that, based on practicalities, this law would no longer be applicable come 2015, and a rethink of the entire chip design would be required. It now appears that Intel, the semiconductor powerhouse that has effectively owner the computing industry for decades, have finally found themselves on the back foot in this department, compliments of smartphone and tablet industries.

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