An Intel executive boasted that one day the company will be able to increase the speeds of its chips by 25MHz every day.
Pat Gelsinger, Intel chief technology officer, said in the final keynote speech at the Intel Developer's Forum in San Francisco: "Moore's Law is alive and well and there is no end in sight."
Moore's Law was devised by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, and predicts that the number of transistors on a chip will double every 18 months.
Gelsinger was heavily involved in the company's 486 chip at the end of the eighties. It began life running at 25MHz but it took three years to get to 50MHz.
"I was proud of that 25MHz," said Gelsinger. "But now, we are adding 25MHz a week. One day, we'll add 25MHz a day."
Currently, Intel has a processor running at 2.2GHz, its fastest available.
Earlier in the week Craig Barrett, Intel chief executive, demoed a 3GHz Pentium 4 and the following day a 4GHz processor was also on show to delegates, albeit with some very unusual cooling techniques.
Gelsinger predicted that by 2010, a 30GHz processor will be available using 0.02-micron technology.
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