After inspiring a couple of generations and reforming the technology world, Gordon Moore, Intel’s co-founder, has died today at the age of 94.

His work in the field of semiconductors has paved the path for modern-day computers, which have the processing speeds to do almost any work today! His prediction of the number of transistors on microchips doubling every two years is famously known as Moore’s Law.

Leaving a Legacy Behind

If you’re having a smartphone or a PC in your home, you should thank Gordon Moore for all his contributions to this technology space. In the 1950s, Moore started working in the semiconductor industry, with Fairfield Semiconductor labs as his first venture to commercially manufacture transistors and integrated circuits.

This paved path for the other OEMs to explore this space, and eventually turn the southern peninsula of San Francisco into what is now known as Silicon Valley. In 1968, Moore and Robert Noyce, his fellow worker at Fairfield left the company to start Intel – which is now the market leader in the chip industry.

Citing the rapid technological improvements after the invention of integrated circuits, Moore predicted that the transistors on these microchips would double every year – and later revised that to every two years. This insight is eventually known as Moore’s Law – and has been pushing the researchers to aim their work to make this idea work!

Ever since his saying, memory chips have become more efficient and affordable, paving way for their suitability in modern home computers. In one of his papers, Moore noted that integrated circuits would lead to “such wonders as home computers – or at least terminals connected to a central computer – automatic controls for automobiles, and personal portable communications equipment”.

Well, all his good sayings are significantly transforming the technology industry, and he died today at the age of 94. Besides being an inventor, Moore had also dedicated his efforts to protecting the Amazon River basin and salmon streams in the US, Canada, and Russia, under the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


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