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On Moore’s Law and Its Application to SI Engine Technology

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Marc LaViolette

Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON, Canada

Paper No. ICEF2005-1237, pp. 469-473; 5 pages
  • ASME 2005 Internal Combustion Engine Division Fall Technical Conference
  • ASME 2005 Internal Combustion Engine Division Fall Technical Conference (ICEF2005)
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, September 11–14, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Internal Combustion Engine Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4736-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3768-8
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Moore’s law relates how the integration of semiconductors has progressed in time. This research shows that the exponential trend shown in the electronics manufacturing industry can have applications elsewhere. This study shows that the internal combustion engine followed the same trend for over 70 years. Though not the most used engine variable, engine power density shows the same trends for engines as transistor density does for microchips. This now mature technology has ended its period of rapid growth. However the present day engine trends can show how Moore’s law can be extended to include the slower growth of long established technologies. Because exponential growth cannot go on forever, the extension Moore’s law requires that the logistic function be used. The new function also allows one to predict a theoretical value for maximum power density.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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