Microprocessors in the Era of Terascale Integration

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Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
Microprocessors have evolved all the way from the early 4004 with a few thousand transistors to today's high performance microprocessors with hundreds of millions to billions of transistors. Microprocessor clock frequency has risen too, from kilo-hertz in the 70's to multi giga-hertz today. Increases in both transistor count and circuit frequency have yielded the more than five orders of magnitude increase in compute performance which the people enjoy today. Moore's Law is here to stay, and in the future the author expects a capacity of trillions of transistors integrated on a single die.
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