HP Keeping Moore Upright


Not directly related to the business of design really, but the effects it might have on the way you work are. The story floating around the tech circles is Hewlett-Packard’s research lab may have kept Moore’s Law alive and ticking. That’s the law that says “the number of transistors that can be packed into a chip doubles every 24 months.” Or, more clearly, “everything gets faster and cheaper as we go on.” But there had begun to be doubts recently, wondering if we could keep up that pace. And alas, it looks like HP may have through nanotechnology (i.e. the extra extra small stuff). It’s an incredible step and likely one that’s led to sighs of relief and big bonus checks for a few HP employees. Here’s a little from the start:

Now, Hewlett-Packard’s research into a new chip architecture may give Moore’s Law a longer life, as well as help sustain rapid-fire growth in the technology industry as a whole, according to analysts.

“We’ve really been running out of headroom,” says Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group. “We were looking at Moore’s Law breaking down. This kind of breakthrough could keep it going. And Moore’s Law is what fuels the processor industry. It drives the tech industry. If it slowed down, it would be harder to come out with compelling new products.”