(Forbes.com) “Moore’s law”, named after Intel founder Gordon Moore, observes that computing power doubles roughly every two years. This has led to exponential growth in computing power. Moore’s Law says the number of transistors that can fit on a computer chip doubles about every two years.
However, the next few years, Moore’s law will break down. Although today’s transistors are microscopic, they still take up physical space. There’s a limit to how small you can make anything that occupies physical space. Three new technologies will pick up where Moore’s law leaves off.
1) In December, Intel (INTC) introduced its new 3D chip technology. It plans to begin selling it later this year.
Chips stacked in 3D are far superior to ones placed side by side.
2) DNA can be used for computing. Several companies, including Microsoft (MSFT), are working to push the technology forward.
3) Quantum Computing Could Be the Ultimate Disruption. In theory, a small quantum computer could exceed the power of a regular computer the size of the Milky Way galaxy.