Increasingly, engineers and market watchers are calling the twilight of Moore’s Law, whether it be a result of technical challenges or simple economics. But the end of “brute-force” gains in processing muscle need not be the end of innovation: the next step after such amazing gains in computing power may be learning how to use it better and more efficiently. Rick Merritt said at EE Times, “Something I am calling Design 2.0 is bubbling up in the engineering community, injecting new energy into the profession. In many ways, it’s the new Moore’s Law.” Merritt describes “Design 2.0” as a movement among both professionals and amateurs to use technologies that are already available to break out of traditional molds and invest time in coming up with something new rather than simply trying to squeeze a little more mileage out of, say, silicon manufacturing.
Inexpensive, accessible and powerful devices like Arduino, Raspberry Pi and similar products enable almost anyone to create and build gizmos backed by what just a decade ago (and even more so a couple decades ago) would be considered incredible compute capabilities. The implications of a focus on new thinking could affect everything from consumer products to the data center. Design 2.0 could be set to become just as newsworthy a topic as Moore’s Law has been.
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