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Intel's Moore's Law Video on Hafnium Transistor Videos for Engineers
"Wanted: Gordon Moore for Another 40 Years"
That is the title of one of the latest videos from Intel.
Moore's Law, formulated back
in 1965 when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, states that the density of integrated circuits will double
every two years. Gordon Moore was an engineer at Intel. Since that time, the IC industry has pretty
much followed the prediction, but now with gate sizes approaching the atomic level, further shrinking
is beginning to approach physical limits.
That was with silicon-only technology.
its new 45nm high-k metal gate silicon technology based on
hafnium, that size barrier has at
least temporarily been removed to allow Moore's Law to live on. Intel is taking the opportunity to re-dub
Silicon Valley as "Hafnium Valley."
Hafnium is element number 72, is normally separated from zirconium in its ore form.
It is a metal that, prior to Intel's application, was used primarily in moderator rods in nuclear reactors.