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3D Chips Will Deliver an Era of Radical Change

Forget about the "Tablet Wars." That's yesterday's news.

The same thing goes for the long-predicted "Death of the PC."

You see, the mainstream media has unleashed a torrent of technology predictions for 2012. They're all a mile wide and an inch deep.

No one seems to get the big picture.

The single most important computing trend that will unfold this year is getting almost no buzz. And yet...

This is the year when the technology sector will enter a whole new dimension. It's called 3D computing.

Make No Mistake About it... This is Huge

Now, I'm not talking about wearing funny glasses while you watch TV.

This is the year Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) plans to hit the market with 3D chips.

This doesn't just put the storied Silicon Valley leader ahead of its competition; it also symbolizes the breakthroughs that will drive the "Era of Radical Change."

Fasten your seat belts folks. As I discussed yesterday, the world is speeding up.

As you are no doubt aware, all manner of computers keep getting smaller - and faster. Like clockwork, chips pack twice as much punch every two years.

Take a look at a cell phone from the early 1990s. You couldn't make a decent call on one and it was nearly as big as a brick.

Today, a smart phone fits in the palm of your hand. It surfs the Web, plays video, and can even pilot an unmanned drone half a world away.

Smaller, Faster, More Powerful than Ever

It's all because of Moore's Law. An Intel co-founder, Gordon Moore predicted that every two years computing power would double. Moore realized high-tech engineers would keep finding new ways to make transistors smaller.

But let's not resort to geek speak. Just remember that the size of all electronics is governed by how many of these little devices we can put on a single chip.

Just like loading up your wallet, when it comes to chips more is better - much better.

Except that every few years the "experts" warn us that we're about to hit a brick wall and our electronics just can't get any smaller.

That's because in the past we could only put all of this key information on a flat surface. At some point you just run out of real estate − unless you can go vertical.

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