Are Advancements in Computing Over? The Future of Moore’s Law

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Russell Senate Office Building
Constitution Ave. NE and 1st Street NE

From our smart phones to our broadband networks to the advanced electronics in our cars, we owe them all to “Moore’s Law.” Named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, the term refers to a prediction made in the 1960s that computing power would double every two years. And miraculously it has: computing power is over 1.1 million times faster today than it was 40 years ago. Without this, our digital era would be stillborn.

However, it’s not clear that past progress will continue, at least at the same exponential rate. Some even argue that we are reaching limits, at least with silicon-based semiconductors. If so, the negative consequences of a slow-down in Moore’s Law would be enormous, for new needed innovations in robotics, intelligent machines, data analytics, defense technology and others all require Moore’s Law’s progress to continue. To address this challenge, foundational innovation in semiconductor electronics is required in both the public and private sector to insure computing power continues to advance and promote our future digital economy.

This panel of world class semiconductor experts will discuss the current state of semiconductor innovation, the technologies that might drive innovation in the future, and the private and public sector reforms and investments that are needed to meet the potential of Moore’s Law.

Read a blog post on the event.