25th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture


"20 Years of Growth in Microprocessor Performance: A Look Back and a Glimpse Ahead"

John Crawford, Intel Corporation

Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 4:00 P.M.

Lubrano Conference Room

In 1965, Dr. Gordon Moore charted the historical growth of semiconductor density vs. time and noted a trend of doubling about every 18 months. In a unique positive spiral, as the density increases, the speed increases and power decreases, providing the impetus for the relentless growth of semiconductor technology. This rapid exponential growth is unprecedented in our normal experiences.

This talk charts Intel microprocessor performance vs. time from the 386 processor in 1985 up to the present. The separate contributions from process technology, circuit techniques, and micro-architecture techniques are discussed and related to the overall performance growth.

Host: Andy van Dam