The most general possible way to state Moore’s Law is this: computing power tends to approximately double every two years. It gained notoriety because people like laws that let them predict the future of one of the world’s biggest industries, but the very physical basis for this principle means it is slightly different — and less reliable — than many people believe.
Holt said the industry needs to keep a focus on keeping power down and reducing cost per transistor. He reiterated Intel’s claim it has reduced cost per transistor at its 22 and 14nm nodes at a rate slightly better than the industry’s 30% historical trend. That’s despite the fact the cost of developing each new process has risen to 30% in the last few nodes up from a historical trend of 10%.