Information Systems for Business and Beyond (2019)

doubling every year. 1 His insight eventually evolved into Moore’s Law: The number of integrated circuits on a chip doubles every two years. Moore’s Law has been generalized into the concept that computing power will double every two years for the same price point. Another way of looking at this is to think that the price for the same computing power will be cut in half every two years. Moore’s Law has held true for over forty years (see figure below). The limits of Moore’s Law are now being reached and circuits cannot be reduced further. However, Huang’s Law regarding Graphics Processors Units (GPUs) may extend well into the future. Nvidia’s CEO Jensen Huang spoke at the GPU Technology Conference in March 2018 announcing that the speed of GPUs is increasing faster than Moore’s Law. Nvidia’s GPUs are 25 times faster than five years ago. He admitted that the advancement is because of advances in architecture, memory technology, algorithms, and interconnects. 2


The motherboard is the main circuit board on the computer. The CPU, memory, and storage components, among other things, all connect into the motherboard. Motherboards come in different shapes and sizes, depending upon


how compact or expandable the computer is designed to be. Most modern motherboards have

many Motherboard bus traces

integrated components, such as network interface card, video, and Information Systems for Business and Beyond (2019) pg. 28

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