Intel’s cofounder was both an architect of the computer age and an explainer of its hard-to-fathom progress.
If Gordon Moore had only cofounded Intel, he’d be remembered as one of the tech industry’s giants. But Moore, who died at his home in Hawaii on Friday at the age of 94, also devised Moore’s Law—the 1965 prediction that the number of components that could fit on an integrated circuit would double every year, which he revised to every two years in 1975. Originally made in an article for Electronics magazine, the observation became a talisman for the entire tech industry. And though skeptics have declared Moore’s Law to be dying or dead for years, its power as a bold, optimistic explanation of the extraordinary advances in computing over the past six decades is undiminished.
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