28 Apr '15, 4pm

The Murky Origins of "Moore's Law"

The Murky Origins of "Moore's Law"

When I called up Carver Mead in preparation for the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law , I was eager to track down a particularly elusive detail: the very first time the term “Moore’s Law” was used. The Caltech professor, now retired, is often credited with coining the term. This happened around 1970 , it’s often said, but I couldn’t find evidence to back up that claim. I’m hardly the only one. I n a chapter of an excellent book celebrating 40 years of Moore’s Law, historian David Brock has stated the origins of the phrase “remain murky ”. I thought I might as well ask the man himself while I had him on the phone. And I got very excited when Mead seemed to remember it like it was yesterday. He told me the term first popped up during an interview he did in the late 60’s or early 70’s with Electronics writer Larry Waller, and that it appeared in an article in print very shortly...

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