Taken from Yahoo News "Moore's Law, a high-tech assumption that the speed of semiconductors doubles every 18 months, should continue unbroken for another 15 years or so, said Intel Corp. Chief Executive Craig Barrett. ... He noted new technologies following the path of Moore's Law would lay the foundation for a coming upturn in the beleaguered chip industry. "We have to innovate our way out of this recession," said Mr. Barrett at the Intel (INTC) Developers Forum. ... Mr. Barrett pointed to four technologies he said should help reignite consumer and business interest in personal computers and high-tech products. Wireless computing, Web services, online security and broadband connections onto the Internet should bring out buyers." Now I am SURE I have heard all that stuff said before but I just can't pick who he might have RIPPED IT OFF. "Mr. Barrett said Intel remains on schedule to open its second 300-mm chip making plant by the middle of the year. The plant, in Albuquerque , N.M., uses larger, 12-inch-diameter silicon wafers to squeeze more semiconductors on a slab of silicon and reduce production costs by 30%. The company has just opened a similar plant in Oregon . He said he looks forward to the next step -- 18-inch wafers, which will offer similar cost savings. Typically, the industry moves to a new, larger wafer once a decade." What is the size of a PPC chip, 12 and 18" sounds HUGE?