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[Forbes] Intel's founder Gordon Moore to spend 90 million on emerging Quantum Materials.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/kerryadolan/2013/07/30/intel-founder-gordon-moores-foundation-to-spend-90-million-on-basic-research-in-physics/

I suspect he's talking about graphene or at least nanotubes since it's not spelled out explicitly. It's especially interesting since Intel has shown no indication - not even via a patent - towards such direction (well maybe only for nanotubes many years back). They only talk about optical technology research and that may not apply much beyond datacenter use.

Could it be an indirect exploratory endeavor of Intel itself and an admission that the common silicon era is coming to an end (though that last bit is a bit obvious to anyone)? Though the connection between the two entities could be a bit far fetched because it's supposed to be an independent move.
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good stuff
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Silicon Era? Coming to an end?




















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Silicon Era? Coming to an end?





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It has been coming to and end for a while now. Why do you think that haswell is a pile of crap?
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It has been coming to and end for a while now. Why do you think that haswell is a pile of crap?


Seems pretty good so far for mobile CPUs. Everything Intel focused on has improved greatly. Just because they didn't create a CPU in mind doesn't mean it's crap. Still the fastest CPU's on the market.

Now people can enjoy speeds in smaller form factors that weren't possible before and enjoy better battery life at the same time.
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It has been coming to and end for a while now. Why do you think that haswell is a pile of crap?

Haswell isn't a pile of crap. It just doesn't do what you are most enthusiasts want it to do. For the general public, especially mobile products, its actually an insane success.
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The smaller the process the smaller the voltage headroom for overclocking. This was nicely laid out in this NVIDIA presentation. The guy even used Intel's slides to proved it so it's quite universally applicable and legit.
Also it's increasingly harder to avoid leaks and other issues. After a point there's not even a room to fit structures for the atom sizes, and quantum phenomena apply like quantum tunneling making conventional technology inapplicable.
I suspect that in about 10 or 20 years we'll simply be unable to have smaller conventional transistors at all. (according to an Intel research executive the big impact starts around 2017 onwards or after 10nm process nodes).
That means.. only with unconventional computing or very miraculous algorithmic advances we'll see improvement.
Intel, TSMC and all conventional foundries' years are numbered.
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