Monday, August 15, 2005

Chip Design

Somewhat big news today in the world of computer processor design.
Intel announced that they will be launching a new platform for their next generation of computer chips. I'm not gonna spend a lot of time analyzing that, but what it makes me think of is how far we've come.

Ten years ago, we were eagerly anticipating the release of Windows '95. We were using Windows 3.1. Remember that? Think of the things that are commonplace now that weren't then.

Had you heard of ICQ let alone the idea behind it (IM'ing)?
How about your cell phone?
Have one of those in '95? What e-mail address were you using? Wait, you didn't HAVE an e-mail address? PDA? No, that wasn't a mass movement yet either. In fact, you still were probably using DOS for many of your programs. It's hard to remember. There are tons of examples, though, if you care to turn the way-back machine to 1995.

And what it makes me think about is what ten years can bring. What might the next ten years bring? Voice recognition cell phone/MP3 player/pda's as powerful as today's laptops? What else is on the horizon?
How about twenty years? Thirty? Time will tell, but it's exciting, eh?