Given Tuesday’s announcement of the first ARM-15 architecture chip from ARM and TMSC, the ball is rolling now. We’re getting closer and closer to desktop capable CPUs in terms of clock, core and now data/instruction bus widths. Once the ARM-15 64bit chip hits the market Qualcomm is going to need to accelerate its development of competing chips. But for now, I think integrating many functions into the same die will have to do. Here now is Qualcomm’s SnapDragon, Read On:
Many people have predicted the demise of Moore’s Law, only to have a new process or technology rush in to save the day. Current tools are variations on a theme started in the 1960s by Shockley, Fairchild, Intel and have continued to be refined over the years. Pure research in the tools and technologies underlying semiconductor manufacturing has been going on for decades. Work on Extreme UV has gone on for years, and yet is not widely adopted as the old tools continued to scale downward in the chip rulings. But time is running out and a former principle at ARM is letting the cat out of the bag.
Intel is touting Extreme UV for it’s new silicon production lines. But whether or not they can do it cost effectively is another question. Moore’s Law is ending soon.