D60 Plenary Session

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Electronics Resurgence

In his seminal 1965 paper, microelectronics pioneer Gordon Moore famously predicted that the transistor count of integrated circuits would double every two years while transistor cost decreased. The physics and economics of transistor scaling has made it difficult to maintain this trajectory, pushing Moore’s Law towards an inflection point that could mark a slowdown in technological progress. In the session keynote, Andreas Olofsson will introduce the Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI), a DARPA-led partnership to continue the pace of technological advancement by moving away from chip generalization and abstraction, central tenets of Moore’s Law, and to enable an audacious era of innovation based on chip specialization and uniqueness. Andreas will describe ERI ideas such as a universal no-human-in-the-loop hardware compiler, energy-efficient specialized computing architectures, and monolithic 3D integrated circuits. Distinguished panelists Lynn Conway, Robert Kahn, and Mark Papermaster will also discuss their efforts to both further and benefit from Moore’s Law, including DARPA investments leading to new circuit design and fabrication methodologies, the Internet, and the iPad.


Dr. Bill Chappell – DARPA, MTO


Mr. Andreas Olofsson – DARPA, MTO


Ms. Lynn Conway – Professor Emerita of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dr. Robert E. Kahn – Corporation for National Research Initiatives
Mr. Mark Papermaster – Advanced Micro Devices