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date: 23 June 2018

Moore’s Law

A Dictionary of Computer Science
Andrew ButterfieldAndrew Butterfield, Gerard Ekembe NgondiGerard Ekembe Ngondi

Moore’s Law 

The prediction made in 1965 by Gordon Moore, cofounder of Intel, that in the future the number of transistors on a chip would double every two years. Surprisingly, Moore’s prediction—based on the development of the then very new concept of the integrated circuit—still holds true in 2017. The Intel 4004 processor released in 1971 had 2300 transistors, whereas the most recent Intel 22-core Broadwell-EP Xeon processor has 7.2 billion. Over that period transistor sizes have shrunk from 10 micrometres to 22 nanometres.