Proceedings: GI 2002

How Long can Graphics Chips Exceed Moore’s Law?

David Kirk

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2002: Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 27 - 29 May 2002, 235

DOI 10.20380/GI2002.28

  • Bibtex

    author = {Kirk, David},
    title = {How Long can Graphics Chips Exceed Moore{\textquoteright}s Law?},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2002},
    series = {GI 2002},
    year = {2002},
    issn = {0713-5424},
    isbn = {1-56881-183-7},
    location = {Calgary, Alberta, Canada},
    pages = {235},
    numpages = {1},
    doi = {10.20380/GI2002.28},
    publisher = {Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society},
    address = {University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada},


A few short years ago, single-chip PC 3D graphics solutions arrived on the market at performance levels that rivaled professional workstations with multi-chip graphics pipelines. Since then, graphics performance has grown at a rate approaching doubling every 6 months, far exceeding Moore’s Law. How is this possible? Will it be sustainable? There is evidence that this geometric performance growth is not only possible, but inevitable.