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Technology Home | Nanotechnology

Technology Trends
Linear Advancement Law (L.A. Law)

Technology progress can be summarized in one principle or "law," called L.A. Law. Consider the following graph in which YNI stands for You Name It, and T stands for Time:

Linear advance of YNI versus T

L.A. Law

"Consider any measure of computer technology. IF there is a scale in which this measure rose along a straight line during the last 10 years, THEN - on this same scale - this measure will continue to rise on that line for the next 10 years".

The above mentioned scale is usually logarithmic, as exemplified in the following four cases:

Microprocessor power:

Moore's law has predicted processor advances for more almost 40 years

Megabits of memory per chip, which is quadrupling every three years:

Memory increases have been startling

Number of transistors per chip:
Click here for a more detailed graph.

The number of transistors has been on the rise as well

Magnetic storage areal density under the magneto-resistive head technology:

With the magneto-resistive technology, areal density has been growing at 60% a year.

The increase of density of data on hard disk platters

Nanotechnology and Micromechanics

This explosive growth will soon depend on advances in the fields of nanotechnology and micromechanics

 

[an error occurred while processing this directive] Última atualização: 07/21/2011
Jean Paul Jacob: jacob@almaden.ibm.com

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