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Essential Guide to Computing: The Story of Information Technology, The by E. Garrison Walters

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Conclusion

If the entire world of computing were to have a single slogan, it would most logically be "smaller, faster, cheaper." This phrase summarizes chipmaking and, through it, computing as a whole. Making chips smaller makes them operate faster. Also, because yields increase as size decreases, smaller chips are cheaper as well. The lynchpin of all this, of course, is the ability to continue to make chips smaller. Scientists and engineers have found ways to do this for the last quarter century, and it seems likely that they will be able to continue to work their magic for at least another decade or so with the traditional techniques of photolithography. At that point, some new approach may be needed, but in the meantime, individual chips will ...

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