Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, published a paper back in 1965 predicting the future of the semiconductor, which was to become something of a legend.
His prediction – which stated that (in layman’s terms) processor speeds or overall processing power of computers will double every two years – has enabled huge growth of technology globally.
And Moore's Law celebrates its 50th anniversary on April 19th 2015.
Moore said: “I was just trying to get across the point that this was going to give us a tremendous cost advantage, which wasn’t true at the time as the early integrated circuits cost quite a bit more than the pieces used to assemble similar out of individual components.”
Talking about how long he thought his law would stay relevant, Moore said he didn’t predict when it would end, and he’s glad he didn’t as the power and complexity of a chip has increased so much, and continues to do so.
A number of companies in the tech industry noticed that the law had dictated the pace of innovation, and to be any slower than what Moore suggested, would result in a business falling behind.
Moore commented on a blog post: “It’s amazing how often I run across a reference to Moore’s Law. In fact, I Googled ‘Moore’s Law’ and I Googled ‘Murphy’s Law’ and ‘Moore’ beats ‘Murphy’ by at least two-to-one.”
Check out the Moore's Law video and timeline from Intel below.