Moore's Law turns 50 (and it's still good for a few more years)

Gordon Moore's eponymous law is 50 years young: Time to buy a sports car...

Yesterday, Moore's Law turned 50. The law -- which isn't really a law per se, more like an astute observation -- provides the best way to guess the number of transistors you can expect to find packed and squeezed into computer chips of the future. Which is great...until future chips decide they no longer wish to share Earth with those odd, ape-like transistor-counting creatures.

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Agam Shah reads the fine print:

When you're strapping on the latest smart watch or ogling an iPhone, you probably aren't thinking of Moore's Law, which for 50 years has been used as a blueprint to make computers smaller, cheaper and faster.

Moore's Law isn't a scientific theory, but a set of observations and predictions made by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore in an article...first published in Electronics Magazine on April 19, 1965.  MORE

Davey Alba pushes a tech bubble:

[In 1975 Moore] revised his forecast down to a doubling every two years. [He] went on to cofound a little company called Intel, which would become the number one semiconductor company in the world.  MORE

Don Clark keeps up with the competition:

"Gradually, it became something that the various industry participants recognized as something they had to stay on or fall behind technologically," Mr. Moore said in a recent interview conducted by Intel. "In order to stay at the leading edge where most of the advantages of semiconductor technology get exploited, they had to move as fast as Moore's Law predicted."  MORE

Lance Ulanoff questions laws of the Universe:

However, a closer look at the [Moore's original] document reveals something interesting: Moore never, at least not in that paper, said what his law has come to mean.   MORE

L.S. is close to running out of steam:

Predictions of the death of Moore's law are nearly as old as the forecast itself. Still, the law has a habit of defying the sceptics, to the great good fortune of those of us enjoying tiny, powerful consumer electronics. Signs are at last accumulating...which suggest the law is running out of steam.  MORE

Ted Leonsis doubles down on Moore's Law:

[It's] is even more dramatic when you combine [it with one] of the most important business theorems of the past 50 years, the network effect (or Metcalfe's Law), popularized by Robert Metcalfe, one of the co-founders of Ethernet.  

Meanwhile, Michael J. Miller enjoys it while it lasts:

How long will Moore's Law continue? No one really knows.

Recently, Intel and companies like Samsung and TSMC have started investing in 10nm manufacturing and we'll likely start seeing the first 10nm products in 2017 or so.  MORE

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