Computer pioneer Gordon Moore has predicted that the law to which he gave his name will last for at least another decade.
The 74 year-old co-founder of Intel, the world's biggest chipmaker, predicted in 1965 that the number of transistors on a semiconductor, and thus overall chip performance, would double every two years.
According to Reuters, the creator of Moore's Law told a meeting of many of the world's pre-eminent chip designers that engineers must now concentrate on overcoming power leakage and reducing heat levels as more and more circuits are crammed closer together.
Asked if Moore's Law would run its course in the foreseeable future, he replied: "Another decade is probably straightforward. None of these things hits an abrupt wall."
Current limitations on the law include electrical power leakage and heat dissipation that increases each time more transistors are packed into a smaller area.
This makes chips "not far from the power density of a nuclear reactor", according to Moore.
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