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2/17/2009 06:00 PM EST
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re: Demand soars for energy efficient electronics
Geometeer   2/19/2009 2:04:12 AM
Can it be that this -- not technical difficulty -- will finally see the end of Moore's Law? One reason for the Law lasting so long has been that it became a road map, used by everybody in the industry to predict what their competitors would do when. If you failed to meet the Moore target, you would be out-competed on the main metric that everybody noticed. So makers have stuck to it, even where it involved designs so parallel that few programmers can code for them, and even when fab costs went stratospheric. It was a number, and they understood it. If "Never mind raw flops, this chip delivers more gigaflops per watt than any other!" starts to sell product, the change in metric could create a whole new map.

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re: Demand soars for energy efficient electronics
beyondgreen   2/18/2009 2:18:09 AM
There could be no better investment in America than to invest in America becoming energy independent! We need to utilize everything in out power to reduce our dependence on foreign oil including using our own natural resources. Create cheap clean energy, new badly needed green jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. The high cost of fuel this past year seriously damaged our economy and society. The cost of fuel effects every facet of consumer goods from production to shipping costs. After a brief reprieve gas is inching back up. OPEC will continue to cut production until they achieve their desired 80-100. per barrel. If all gasoline cars, trucks, and SUV's instead had plug-in electric drive trains, the amount of electricity needed to replace gasoline is about equal to the estimated wind energy potential of the state of North Dakota. There is a really good new book out by Jeff Wilson called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence Now. http://www.themanhattanprojectof2009.com

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