Gordon Moore, Intel co-founder and creator of Moore’s Law, has died at the age of 94
By The Headlines, March 25, 2023 | 11:47 AM
Gordon Moore, a Silicon Valley pioneer & philanthropist, passed away at his home in Hawaii at the age of 94. His career began as a semiconductor developer in the 1950s and he became one of the co-founders of Intel Corporation.
Moore's Law, which stated that the processing power of computers doubles every year - though later revised to every two - is well-known and has been at the core of the computer industry. It was instrumental in the success of the PC revolution.
Around two decades before the onset of the computer age, Moore wrote a paper that pointed to integrated circuits paving way for futuristic & practical applications like home computers, cars with automated systems, and personal communication devices.
In 1965, he noted that since integrated circuits were originally developed a few years prior, the number of transistors per chip had been increasing at a rate of approximately doubling every year due to technological advancements.
His prophecy that technology would continue to advance exponentially led to the formulation of the concept now known as Moore's Law. This law encouraged chip makers to target their research towards bringing it into reality, resulting in memory chips becoming increasingly efficient and cheaper.
Upon obtaining his doctorate, Moore was welcomed to the Fairchild Semiconductor lab which produced successful transistors & integrated circuits that could be used commercially.
The enlargement of that firm prepared the way for the transformation of the peninsula south of San Francisco into what is currently known as Silicon Valley. Subsequently, in 1968 Moore and Robert Noyce left Fairchild to found Intel.
Moore's work has been instrumental in driving technological progress throughout the globe, paving the way for the creation of personal computers and popular tech companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Google.
In a 2008 interview, Moore expressed that his primary goal was to share the idea that by packing more components onto a chip, electronics were going to become cheaper in the long run.
Today, we lost a visionary.
Gordon Moore, thank you for everything. pic.twitter.com/bAiBAtmd9K — Intel (@intel) March 25, 2023
The Intel Corporation paid tribute to its co-founder, saying in a tweet: "we lost a visionary".
In his later life, Moore created the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation with his wife to fight for various environmental causes. This included preserving the Amazon River Basin, as well as conserving US, Canadian & Russian salmon streams.
Harvey Fineberg, president of the foundation, noted that "all of us who had the privilege of meeting and working with Gordon will forever be moved by his intelligence, humility and benevolence."
In 2002, Moore was bestowed with the Medal of Freedom - America's most esteemed civilian award - by President George W Bush.