atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6346: It's Friday. Ooooo.

The poster girl for the Democrat party, right there.

Cher, no one cares what you think.

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3 nanometer process starting next year. Yes, I've said it about 50 million times now, but back in 1991 the semiconductor industry was freaking out over "the 0.7 um barrier", worried that Moore's law was coming to an end.

28 years later, we have Samsung preparing to start producing chips using a process two hundred times smaller (233.33 times, to be exact) a scant year after people were freaking out over the end of Moore's Law because of the Spectre and Meltdown exploits.

Meanwhile, Intel is still fapping around with 12 nm processes and is having trouble getting to 10 nm. Understand that a 12 nm process is sixteen times the surface area of a 3 nm process. Yeah. So imagine a Core i5 processor that fits in 1/16th of the area.

Of course, this is what they call a "risk" production, meaning that the bugs have not all been ironed out yet, so this will have a much higher incidence of bad chips, and what they do end up producing will end up being that much more expensive as a result--but if you assume that current maximum capacity for a memory chip is 128 GB of data, this process will eventually allow you to make a chip that stores two terabytes of data.


It sometimes occurs to me that it's been a while since our culture really developed anything new, and the advances we expected in various industries don't seem to have happened. Well, R&D investment capital is a finite resource, and most of it gets allocated for things that have a definite and massive rate of return. The ability to make semiconductors is practically a license to print money, and so we have put a lot of "development points" into microcircuitry since we invented the stuff in the 1970s.

(This is not to say that research in other fields has stopped; it hasn't. But a lot of resources went to the electronics industry.)

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I've been pretty sleepy lately.

Yesterday I was woozy on my way to work; I was woozy all day; I was woozy on the way home. I laid down for about an hour after getting home and slept. Then we went to bed about 11 and I slept well--and woke up tired.


Today is better, but I'm still plenty tired.

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Today I saw a Jeep--newer than mine--on which the rear wiper was pointing straight down.

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Ah, well, it's Friday, anyway. We've got that much going for us.

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