In 1965, the 36-year-old director of research and development at Fairchild Semiconductor was asked to write an article for Electronics magazine, in which he was to project the future of semiconductors. So Gordon Moore sat down and wrote a paper titled Cramming More Components Onto Integrated Circuits.
In very plain language, Moore predicted that “integrated circuits will lead to such wonders as home computers — or at least terminals connected to a central computer — automatic controls for automobiles, and portable communications equipment.” At the risk of oversimplifying quantum mechanics, he postulated that the number of transistors on a computer chip would double every 24 months. In other words, Moore expected computers to become exponentially faster and take up less and less space.
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