August 13, 2013
In 1965, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore boldly predicted that the processing power for computers will double every two years.
But Moore’s Law won’t be true forever and that collapse isn’t going to happen in some distant future, it is going to happen within the next decade.
– First, Print put books into circulation and brought literacy to the populace.
– Steam powered the industrial revolution that quickly advanced across Europe and America.
– The first network – started with dots and dashes and quickly became worldwide net of telephone wires.
– The promise of safe, steady light lay the groundwork that electrified cities.
– The automobile accelerated the speed of economic growth.
– Intercontinental travel became possible with the airplane.
– Television brought the world in to our living rooms allowing us to witness man reach for the moon and leave his footprint on it.
– The birth of the Microprocessor brought the dawn of Venture Capital and the titans of Silicon Valley.
– High-speed computers allowed us to map the human genome, share stories, connect with old friends while seemingly holding the world in our hands.
– We moved through the clouds and looked to heavens.
– The discovery of the Higgs-Boson particle brings a new understanding of the universe.
But computer power and its phenomenal importance in advancing technology cannot maintain its exponential rise with its ever-more microscopic circuitry etched in silicon. It will soon reach a final barrier, a “silicon wall” and by 2022 we maybe left impatiently finger-tapping for a sequel.
Enter Graphene: A two-dimensional material made from a single layer of carbon atom; the most flexible and the most conductive material in the world — which makes it the leading alternative to the silicon chip.
It’s not just computer circuit boards that graphene promises to transform. Graphene is also the strongest and lightest material on Earth, more than 200 times stronger than steel.