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Gordon Moore: Intel co-founder and microchip pioneer dies at 94

Moore predicted the growth of computing power two decades before the PC revolution and 40 years before the launch of Apple and the iPhone.

Sat 25 Mar 2023 10:16 UK

Microchip pioneer and Intel Corp co-founder Gordon Moore has died at the age of 94.

Co-creator of the American tech company Intel in 1968, Moore was one of the engineers who put “Intel Inside” processors into more than 80% of the world’s personal computers.

The company announced Friday that he died surrounded by his family at his home in Hawaii.

Moore describes himself as an “accidental entrepreneur” who started Intel – the word’s largest microchip maker – with Robert Noyce.

His net worth was estimated at $7.2bn (£5.8bn) in 2023.

In a 1965 article, Moore predicted a steady increase in computing power due to rapid improvements in technology, which became known as “Moore’s Law”.

The law was updated every two years and prompted Intel and rival microchip-makers to aggressively target their research and development resources to ensure it held true.

more than 40 years before the launch of Apple And this iPhoneMoore wrote: “Integrated circuit home computers – or at least terminals connected to a central computer – would lead to such wonders as automatic controls for automobiles, and personal portable communication equipment.”

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After the article, microchips became more efficient and less expensive. It helped drive technological progress around the world, paving the way for giants like Silicon Valley Facebook, Google and apples.

In recent years it has been argued that Moore’s Law is not as important as improvements in microchip manufacturing have slowed.

Intel’s current chief executive, Pat Gelsinger, said the company still invests billions of dollars in the effort to update the law.

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In a 2005 interview, Moore said of his career: “I was very fortunate to get into the semiconductor industry in its infancy.

“And I had the opportunity to grow from a time when we couldn’t make a single silicon transistor to when we put 1.7 billion of them on a single chip!

“It’s been a phenomenal ride.”


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