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Moore's Law: "We See No End in Sight," Says Intel's Pat Gelsinger

Gelsinger believes Moore's Law will continue to hold good through 2029.

Pat Gelsinger, SVP and co-GM of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group (DEG) - Intel’s largest business group accounting for more than half of the corporation’s revenue - believes Moore's Law will continue to hold good through 2029. Speaking recently at the Intel Developers Forum, where he gave a keynote called "From Petaflops to Milliwatts," Gelsinger added that by then Intel was also expecting there to be zettaflop supercomputers.

Gelsinger joined Intel in 1979, and has more than 26 years of experience in general management and product development positions. Gelsinger led Intel's Corporate Technology Group, which encompasses many Intel research activities, including leading Intel Labs and Intel Research, and driving industry alignment with these technologies and initiatives. As Intel’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), he coordinated with Intel's longer-term research efforts and helped ensure consistency from Intel's emerging computing, networking and communications products and technologies.

Before his appointment as the company's first CTO, Gelsinger was the chief technology officer of the Intel Architecture Group. In this position, he led the organization that researches, develops and designs next-generation hardware and software technologies for all Intel Architecture platforms for business and consumer market segments.




"I compare Moore's Law to driving down the road on a foggy night, how far can you see? Does the road stop after 100 metres? How far can you go?" Gelsinger said, adding:

"That's what it's been like with Moore's Law. We thought there were physical limits and we casually speak about going to 10 nanometres. "We have work going on different transistor structures. Silicon has become scaffolding for the rest of the periodic table. We're putting these other structures into the materials. We see no end in sight and we've had 10 years of visibility for the last 30 years."

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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