It looks like Moore’s Law doesn’t have to die after all. Instead of struggling to take silicon all the way down to its physical limit, scientists have decided to cut a few corners and go atomic using transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs).
On April 19th, 1965, Gordon Moore wrote a technical paper that predicted the increase of computing power. He initially observed that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had doubled every year since ICs had been invented, and he later perfected the law doubling time to two years.
This month, Moore’s Law turned 50. To this day his prediction holds true, but it might not reflect reality in a few years from now. The reason? Our need for ever-smarter computers requires that we rethink the way we build them, and perhaps even the way we operate them.