But IBM, for example, said this week it will defy "conventional wisdom" and print circuits with 30-nanometer ridges, a third of the size of the 90-nm chips in production today, using current lithography imaging processes.
Also this week, Dutch-based lithography equipment maker ASML Holding NV demonstrated its 42-nm production process and said it had the equipment to make 35-nm chips.
Which means while we can expect multi core chips to continue to be all the rave, single-threaded applications will also still get boosts. Intel also claims that we may see 100 cores on a single CPU in a decade, though even a tenth of that would be incredibly impressive. The future of CPUs continues to look bright, despite the warnings of the impending wall continuing to be made.