Gene’s Law of Power Dissipation

Over on the TI blog, there’s a post about the missing part of Moore’s Law — namely power. In jest, Gene Frantz created Gene’s Law, which states (not in jest) that power dissipation will be reduced at roughly the same rate that performance increases. Performance is suppose to double every 18 months, so according to Gene’s Law, power dissipation will decrease by half every 18 months. Of course, this presents a problem because now leakage power is approaching the same level as active power dissipation.