The Power of Moore’s Law

The Power of Moore’s Law

It’s amazing to see how technology has advanced so exponentially in such a short period of time which has led to the incredible growth of technological devices.

Moore’s Law, a term which you may have stumbled across, can be simply described as a term that states that processor speeds, or overall processing power for computer will double every two years.

This computing term originated around 1970 by Gordon E. Moore a co-founder of the Intel Corporation. To be more accurate, the law more intricately states that the number of affordable transistors in a dense integrated circuit will double every two years.

If we simply look at the processing speeds from the 1970’s to 2009 you would think that this law will soon reach the end of its journey.  In 1970 the processing speeds ranged from 740 KHz to 8 MHz (Kilo Hertz to Mega Hertz). Looking between the years of 2000 to 2009 there has been less of a speed range which mean that the speed has barely doubled over the years.

However, we were looking at processing speeds rather than the number of transistors. In 2000 the number of transistors in a CPU was approximately 35.7 million which jumped to an amazing 904 million in 2009.

Even if this is the first time that you have encountered Moore’s Law, you have surely heard that CPU speeds double every two years. Even though this term states that the doubling will happen every two years, technical production has lessened in the minds of users and technicians alike.

The only limitation that this law could have is when transistors reach a point of creation as small as atomic particles which will led to no room for growth in the CPU market where speeds are concerned.