Cramming Moore Components

Moore’s Law Turns Fifty

by Kevin Morris

It’s been a half-century since Gordon Moore published “Cramming More Components Onto Integrated Circuits” in the April 19, 1965 edition of Electronics Magazine. It was another five years before Carver Mead dubbed Moore’s prediction in that article - about progress in integrated circuit density - “Moore’s Law,” and another five years after that before Moore revised his original “doubling every year” prediction to “doubling every two years.” At its simplest level, then, Moore’s Law predicts that the number of transistors that can be fabricated on a single chip will double every two years.

The fifty years that have followed that prophetic piece have seen nothing short of the most amazing advances in human history. Moore originally predicted that the trend would continue for “at least ten years,” but the exponential he foresaw has held almost miraculously steady for five times that long. Some would say that Moore brought incredible insight with his prediction. Others would say he was lucky. Still others would claim that this is an example of self-fulfilling prophecy. Whatever the case, the profound impact of that one metric - “number of transistors on a single chip” - on just about every aspect of our global society is almost unfathomable.  Read More


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Cramming Moore Components

Posted on 04/23/15 at 2:02 AM by Reiner

I agree with the statement, that Moore’s Law is slowing to a long and expensive end. However, Moore’s Law has also a long and expensive history.

The amount of intelligence we’ve been able to pack into inanimate objects has not always paralleled Moore’s…

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Posted on 04/22/15 at 11:06 AM by kevin

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I'm unsure. Some things make me suspect it could be staged:

- The camera is conveniently pointed at the guy the whole time. That would make it much easier if someone else were flying it to have it arrive at exactly the right time for him to catch it.

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