In addition to Moore’s seminal role in founding two of the world’s pioneering technology companies, he famously forecast in 1965 that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit would double every year – a prediction that came to be known as Moore’s Law.
“All I was trying to do was get that message across, that by putting more and more stuff on a chip we were going to make all electronics cheaper,” Moore said in a 2008 interview.
With his 1965 prediction proven correct, in 1975 Moore revised his estimate to the doubling of transistors on an integrated circuit every two years for the next 10 years. Regardless, the idea of chip technology growing at an exponential rate, continually making electronics faster, smaller and cheaper, became the driving force behind the semiconductor industry and paved the way for the ubiquitous use of chips in millions of everyday products.
The effect that Gordon Moore and the other pioneers of Silicon Valley have had on the world is incalculable. Another Intel article paints a picture of an industry titan who had little in common with the oversized egos who now dominate tech headlines. Although the two men came to their positions along very different pathways, I couldn’t help thinking that Tim Cook may be the modern tech CEO who behaves the most like Moore.