WASHINGTON (November 13, 2013) - Smart phones, high speed broadband networks, advanced electronics in vehicles and numerous other IT innovations are all thanks 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. 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 this past progress will continue, with some even arguing we are reaching the limits of computing power. Given the importance of the continued evolution of computing to numerous IT innovations, such as advanced robotics, intelligent machines, and data analytics, the potential end of Moore's Law could be disastrous to our economy and society.
"Are Advancements in Computing Over? The Future of Moore's Law," hosted by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), will analyze the current state of semiconductor electronics, the technologies that might drive innovation in the future, and the private and public sector reforms and investments that are needed to continue to meet the potential of Moore's Law. The panel discussion will be held from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, Thursday, Nov. 21 on Capitol Hill, Russell Senate Office Building, Room 485.
The event will feature leading industry, academic and government experts in the field including: Ahmad Bahai, Chief Technology Officer for Analog Business at Texas Instruments, Sanjay Banerjee, Director of the Microelectronics Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Mark Bohr, Director of Process Architecture and Integration at Intel, Robert Colwell, Director of the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and Brian Toohey, CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at www.itif.org.