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Originally Posted by computer/noob View Post
well once they cant skrink them, wont they just make them bigger by putting more stuff in them so they can process more at one time.....many we could end up have like 24-core chips or something.....?
if you can't shrink a chip to achieve more cores, better speeds etc. and want to make it perform better you basically have to make it bigger. Now the problem is that the bigger the chip, the harder to manufacture and the more expensive it gets.

There are some insane chips out there that are part of some supercomputer complexes but we cannot afford them.

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My Computer has only gotten bigger.
so has mine, and that's the way I like it
 
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post #12 of 73
When computers stop shrinking we start writing well optimized code.
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post #13 of 73
I think they meant the size of the transisters, not the pc's themselves
anyway, even if we cant get any smaller, we just need to scale a different way, or switch from binary to quantum...
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post #14 of 73
Computers were never meant to be small.
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post #15 of 73
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Quantum computers ftw?
This. 50 years down the road we will probably either have Quantum computers or an entirely new method for making computer chips. Most likely some kind of more efficient organic replacement for silicon and transistors (which, if it weren't for Hendrik Schon being a fraud, would already exist). All of this moore's law fear is just one more reason for everyone to freak out...sheesh.
post #16 of 73
By the time 2020 comes other material will be used instead of silicon. So instead of having a chip of say 1billion transistors at 4ghz. You will have a chip of 100million at 5000ghz. It doesn't have to get smaller to be efficient. They need to just find more efficient material (which researchers have).
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post #17 of 73
...maybe I shouldn't pick computer engineering as my life career.
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post #18 of 73
scary if we cant find a replacement for silicon that can be produced on a massive scale thats affordable to the public. but if humans are anything we are definitely innovative.

great article though but at this point in time im not too worried
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post #19 of 73
I'm sure the human race will come up with some way to advance computational power...
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post #20 of 73
Regarding them shrinking, I think at some point they won't be there at all. Nano combined with bio will make it so you don't actually have to have a traditionally physical piece of electronics. It will all literally be in your head and mind's eye.
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