Moore’s Law may be about to breathe its last.

It’s a world-famous maxim that has predicted the development of computers for decades — but, an industry roadmap suggests, it will soon no longer be viable.

Moore’s Law, formulated by Intel cofounder Gordon Moore in 1965, is simple. It says that as technology improves, the number of transistors that can be fitted on a given integrated circuit will double every two or so years — and accordingly, computing power doubles too.

For the last 50 years, it has held true, as computers have become exponentially more powerful, shrunk ever-smaller and become cheaper and cheaper.

But the 2015 International Technology Roadmap, published earlier this month by the Semiconductor Industry Association, thinks this trend will soon come to an end.

 

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