CNET GLOSSARY: Terms for the techie
The prediction, made by Intel cofounder Gordon E. Moore, that the number of transistors on a microprocessor would double every 2 years. In a 1965 article for Electronics magazine, Moore observed that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits (a measure of computer processing power) had increased by a factor of two every year since the integrated circuit was invented, and he predicted that this rate would remain constant for the next 10 years. In the years that followed, he revised his prediction, estimating that the number of transistors would double every 2 years. In a 2000 interview with U.S. News & World Report, Moore said that he expected this rate to hold for another 10 to 15 years. To date, Moore's Law has proven remarkably accurate.
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