Moore’s law and technological developments


In 1965, Gordon Moore, who was then the director of the Research and Development Laboratories of Fairchild Semiconductor and later became the co-founder of Intel Corporation, wrote a piece in the magazine Electronics about the future developments in the semiconductor industry. He had observed that the number of components on an integrated circuit (IC) has doubled every year since the production of the first planar transistor in 1959 and that this development will continue at least for the next ten years. In the next few decades the number of transistors on an IC increased dramatically, which resulted in a dynamic and rapid development of new product categories.