Gordon Moore

Co-Founder, Intel

Moore's Law 40 Years Later
26 minutes, 12.1mb, recorded 2005-04-15
Gordon Moore
On April 19, 1965 Fairchild Semiconductor co-founder Gordon Moore wrote a magazine article in which he observed that the number of components on a microprocessor would double every year for the next ten years. Later he revised it to every two years. That observation, that later came to be known as "Moore's Law," has stood the test of time. That same article also predicted the home computer, automatic controls for automobiles and "personal portable communications equipment," (i.e. the cell phone). All of that and more have come to fruition, in no small part because of the efforts of Moore and his Fairchild colleagues Robert Noyce and Andy Grove who, in 1968, cofounded Intel.

40 years after publishing that famous paper, Moore looks back not only at the article, but the time period leading up to it and the 40 years since. He also takes a guess at what we have in store moving forward and speaks a bit about his philanthropic foundation that supports environmental and scientific projects as well as local projects for the San Francisco Bay Area.

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