Moore’s Law

Increase in number of transistors

Increase in number of transistors

In 1965, Gordon Moore (co-founder of Intel) wrote an article about the rate at which the number of transistors inside an integrated chip was increasing. By 1975, he had focused the statement on a rate of doubling the number of transistors every two years. This has become known as “Moore’s Law”. Such an exponential rate of growth is normally not sustainable for very long, but as breakthroughs have continued to improve the optics and lithography processes and semiconductor science, the expansion rate has continued for fifty years.

Ray Kurzweil has expanded Moore’s Law to show that overall growth in computing has followed an exponential growth curve over a much longer period of time.

Exponential Growth an Illusion?

Moore’s Law refers to the continual shrinking of the size of transistors on an integrated circuit, as well as other process and design improvements. This shrinking increases the number of transistors that can be placed on a chip, as well as their speed, resulting in dramatic exponential gains in the price-performance of electronics.

My law of acceleration returns is broader, and refers to ongoing exponential improvements in the price-performance and capacity of information technologies in general, of which Moore’s law is just one example.

Moore\'s Law

Moore's Law

SEE ALSO:
Moore’s Law Came From Wright’s Law

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