A version of this article appears in the August 11/18 double issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Rumors of its death are exaggerated, but Moore’s Law may be in its last decade of vigorous life, unless a replacement for today’s silicon-based microchips can be found. The observation in 1965 by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore that the number of transistors on a chip doubles every 18-24 months has become the defining rule of thumb for electronics. A trend he predicted would ...

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