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

Author: Robert Hyatt

Date: 19:47:20 02/27/03

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On February 27, 2003 at 21:30:09, Jeremiah Penery wrote:

>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?

He is talking about "cost == $$$"  The smaller you make things, the harder it
is to make them, and the more it costs, in terms of simple dollars...

>>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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