From our smart phones to our broadband networks to the advanced electronics in our cars, we owe them all to “Moore’s Law.” Named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, the term refers to a prediction made in the 1960s that computing power would double every two years. And miraculously it has: computing power is over 1.1 million times faster today than it was 40 years ago. Without this, our digital era would be stillborn.
However, it’s not clear that past progress will continue, at least at the same exponential rate. Some even argue that we are reaching limits, at least with silicon-based semiconductors. If so, the negative consequences of a slow-down in Moore’s Law would be enormous, for new needed innovations in robotics, intelligent machines, data analytics, defense technology and others all require Moore’s Law’s progress to continue. To address this challenge, foundational innovation in semiconductor electronics is required in both the public and private sector to insure computing power continues to advance and promote our future digital economy.