Moore’s Law will just never go away

Intel’s chief technology officer Justin Rattner said today the introduction of tri-gate transistors meant the question of the death of Moore’s Law on CMOS never need arise again.

Rattner showed off a set of things here in San Francisco including a near threshold voltage processor that has the potential to be powered by a tiny solar cell. He also described the hybrid memory cube – an initiative jointly developed by Intel and Micron which he claimed will give a seven times imporvement in energy efficiency over existing DDR3.

But the thrust of his talk was about cores and more cores  –  it’s now five years since Intel introduced its dual core processor.

He also talked about some other developments that Intel has hinted at during this week at IDF 2011, including a “parallel Javascript” engine aimed at speeding up browsers and taking advantage of multi-core processors.

The parallel JS stuff is aimed at speeding up 3D gaming, photo editing and video editing – it’s compatible with existing Javascript and is part of a general Intel push to continue developing software that takes advantage of the extra cores that the company keeps adding to its microprocessors.

A British journalist asked Rattner why there wasn’t more “whacky stuff” being shown off on the last day of IDF. Rattner said that what he was talking about was pretty whacky stuff and, in fact, was rather Wackatoo.

Intel had hoped to describe some future developments in wireless but that announcement will be held over until a future date.