Friday, April 01, 2005

Moore's Law turns 40

April 19 will mark the 40th anniversary of Moore's Law, one of the major scientific theories that has guided the computer industry. CNET has an excellent article up right now, explaining everything you never knew about the theory - how it was formulated, who originally published it, various experts' opinions on when they think Moore's Law will stop being relevant, etc. It's a fantastic read, for any fellow techies who are interested in such things. Oh, and a quote from the article, for those who are confused:

"Forty years ago, Electronics Magazine asked Intel co-founder Gordon Moore to write an article summarizing the state of the electronics industry. The article outlined what became known as Moore's Law, the observation that the number of transistors... on a chip can be doubled [every two years]."