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Moore's law, microcomputer, and me

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1 Author(s)
Mazor, S. ; San Francisco State Coll., San Francisco, CA

In 1960--ten years before Intel developed the first single-chip CPU (microcomputer central processing unit)-the revolution that would ensue was inconceivable: the cost of computing dropped by a factor of a million, modes of personal communication changed forever, and intelligent machines took over processes in manufacturing, transportation, medicine-virtually every aspect of our lives. Certainly Moore's law - that the number of transistors on a chip doubles every year, later amended to every two years - is a dominant factor in this revolution. In this paper, the author gives his views on Moore's law and focus on the role of applications engineering in developing Intel's first microcomputer.

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Solid-State Circuits Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:1 ,  Issue: 1 )