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America’s Top Semiconductor Firms Disagree Over Pace Of Chip Advancements And If Moore’s Law Is Applicable

The US is famous for its semiconductor industry but what if we told you that two of the nation’s leading firms are now at a standstill.

Both Intel and Nvidia heads were seen making complete opposite statements regarding the pace at which chip advancements are taking place and if the famous Moore’s law is even applicable or not.

Intel’s CEO was seen stating on Tuesday during a company launch how Moore’s Law, which many experts call the rule of thumb, is alive and well. And that means chips will be getting manufactured faster and at a cheaper rate that’s more predictable. However, Nvidia appeared to be disagreeing with that.

It was seen sending out a very opposite message. Nvidia's co-founder and CEO claimed last week that Moore’s Law ended a long time back.

They feel it ran its course as much as it could and any advances and the force of transistors used to unveil products were just no longer there. So as you can see, the divergence is plenty and it’s a stark contrast running between the two firms’ statements.

Intel will continue to produce chips while Nvidia will mostly rely on third parties outside the nation to get the job done.

Moore’s law is specifically referring to the number of transistors seen across a chip and according to predictions, it should double yearly, resulting in enhanced processing power. Moreover, to make the number of transistors on each chip rise, they’d be required to be small in size and would need advancements in production technology.

It wasn’t long ago that Intel was deduced as a leader in the industry of semiconductors. It continued to make chips that entailed the densest transistors seen globally. However, in recent times, Intel was no longer the market leader. Instead, the Semiconductor manufacturing firm in Taiwan took the lead with Samsung.

Today, they’re generating processors that are nearly 5nm transistors. On the other hand, Intel remains stuck on technology that entails 10 and 7nm.

Hence, Intel’s major corporate target is to attain back its performance leadership. And that means chips need to be faster and more efficient because the competition out there is quite tough by third parties. But the firm is willing to do everything to catch up and hopes to introduce better nodes.

This is why the company requires Moore’s law because they wish to cram in more transistors on one chip. There are obviously some major limitations like the size because too small transistors can result in a huge physics issue. But as the CEO recently mentioned, they’re using state-of-the-art technology to achieve that.

They term themselves to be on schedule with their plans and hope to achieve the end target of nearly one trillion transistors across one package.

Nvidia’s approach is so different as its processors are produced by TSMC. This employs some of the greatest techniques when it comes to production, not to mention how it’s designated as a leading chipmaker in the industry. Hence, they do produce chips but don’t worry too much about the manufacturing part.

Their focus isn’t on chip size but on accelerated computing and this way, there is less reliance on Intel’s specialty. They feel it’s convenient and cost-effective and can be a true game changer in the technology of the future.

On Tuesday, we saw Intel go public with its plans on bouncing back from its decline in both profits and performance. Yes, their shares fell 28%, while Nvidia’s price went up by 180%.


H/T: CNBC

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