When Moore's Law Runs Out

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Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku has a new book entitled “The Physics of the Future.” In this excerpt from Salon, Kaku writes that the computer industry could be in a world of hurt when Moore’s Law runs out of gas around the year 2020.

Around 2020 or soon afterward, Moore’s law will gradually cease to hold true and Silicon Valley may slowly turn into a rust belt unless a replacement technology is found. Transistors will be so small that quantum theory or atomic physics takes over and electrons leak out of the wires.

A tip of the hat goes to HPC Guru for pointing us to this story. For more on the future of Moore’s Law, check out our interview with Intel CTO Justin Rattner: