No Moore Anymore

Gordon Moore, Intel Co-Founder, Dies at 94
Mar 24, 2023

Moore, who set the course for the future of the semiconductor industry, devoted his later years to philanthropy.

Moore and his longtime colleague Robert Noyce founded Intel in July 1968.

Prior to establishing Intel, Moore and Noyce participated in the founding of Fairchild Semiconductor, where they played central roles in the first commercial production of diffused silicon transistors and later the world’s first commercially viable integrated circuits. The two had previously worked together under William Shockley, the co-inventor of the transistor and founder of Shockley Semiconductor, which was the first semiconductor company established in what would become Silicon Valley.

“Though he never aspired to be a household name, Gordon’s vision and his life’s work enabled the phenomenal innovation and technological developments that shape our everyday lives. Yet those historic achievements are only part of his legacy. His and Betty’s generosity as philanthropists will shape the world for generations to come.”

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Gordon Moore, Intel Co-Founder, Dies at 94

Moore’s prediction (known as Moore’s Law) may have started out as a fairly simple observation of a young industry, but over time it became an expectation and self-fulfilling prophecy as engineers. On April 19, 1965, Electronics magazine published a paper in which Gordon Moore made a stunning observation: About every two years, engineers should be able to cram twice as many transistors into the same area of a silicon chip. I have written many posts on Moore’s Law here

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