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Subject: Re: Introducing "No-Moore's Law"

Author: Jeremiah Penery

Date: 18:30:09 02/27/03

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On February 27, 2003 at 20:45:54, Steve J wrote:

>  One point I was trying to make was that every reduction in size is done
>with an exponential increase in cost.  We will reach a time when the
>physics of very small devices will not allow for transistor that can be
>turned "on" and "off" at any reasonable cost.

Could you explain this?  Switching cost goes down with smaller feature size, so
why should it ever become prohibitive?

>Given that this is related
>to the size of the atom, it does not make much of a difference if the
>material is Silicon, GaAs, InP, or more exotic materials.

Of course, atoms are not all the same size.  The absolute difference in size is
tiny, but the relative difference may be several percent or more.  If you go
from molecular to atomic sizes, the difference can be an order of magnitude or

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