Rupert Goodwins' Diary

Monday 9/12/2002IBM makes its contribution to World Jawdrop Day with a 6-nanometre transistor. You can probably write the news story as well as I can -- thousand times thinner than a human hair, ten times smaller than ever before, five zillion will fit onto the head of a pin if you knock the dancing angels off first, etc.

Monday 9/12/2002
IBM makes its contribution to World Jawdrop Day with a 6-nanometre transistor. You can probably write the news story as well as I can -- thousand times thinner than a human hair, ten times smaller than ever before, five zillion will fit onto the head of a pin if you knock the dancing angels off first, etc. It's a true miracle, but like every miracle that happens twice daily the continued mighty feats of the semiconductor world have just drifted into so-whathood. Shame. However, there is a real danger in reporting these stories, and that's Moore's Law. I know it's an important part of the onward rush of solid state technology and that it's hard to write about such things without invoking the hallowed name. But it's in danger of becoming a clich

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