Gordon Moore and his Law

Gordon Moore retired yesterday from the board of directors at Intel, the company he co-founded more than 30 years ago. He is a Silicon Valley giant.

He’s best known for his 1965 prediction in this paper (PDF file, 168k), which has since become known as Moore’s Law, that transistor density on a given area of silicon would double and redouble every year. (He revised that to two years in 1975.)

It means smaller, faster, cheaper, as I explain in my Friday column.


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