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Nanoconvergence: The Unity of Nanoscience, Biotechnology, Information Technology, and Cognitive Science by William Sims Bainbridge

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Chapter 3. Information Technology

Given adequate investments in research and development, nanotechnology could allow the power of computers to continue to double every two years for another two decades. The future of computing depends upon Moore’s law, a prediction about increasing integrated circuit performance that was originally proposed in 1965 by Gordon Moore. At the time, Moore was director of the research and development laboratory of Fairchild Semiconductor, one of the companies that was leading the revolution in electronics. Soon afterward, he helped found Intel Corporation, which has long dominated computer chip manufacture.

Moore’s Law

It may be difficult for young people today to envision what electronics was like in the middle of ...

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