Moore’s Law, which states that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit will double every two years, is becoming too expensive for chipmakers to pursue, according to research firm iSuppli.
The cost of manufacturing transistors smaller than 20 to 18 nanometers will make the cost of semiconductor equipment able to create such small microprocessors too expensive for volume production, according to iSuppli’s research note.
In a recent article from InformationWeek, “The growth in transistors has enabled a continued rise in computing power in everything from PCs and video-game consoles to smartphones. The trend has also brought down the cost of electronics to the point where capabilities once found in supercomputers are now found in inexpensive consumer electronics. “