Microchip pioneer and Intel Corporation co-founder Gordon Moore has died at the age of 94.
Moore was a co-founder of the American technology company Intel in 1968, and he was one of the engineers who put the “Intel Inside” processors in more than 80 percent of the world’s personal computers.
He passed away surrounded by family at his home in Hawaii, the company announced Friday.
Moore described himself as an “accidental entrepreneur” who co-founded Intel, the world’s largest microchip maker, with Robert Noyce.
His net worth is estimated at $7.2bn (£5.8bn) by 2023.
In a 1965 article, Moore predicted a steady rise in computing power due to rapid technological advances, which became known as “Moore’s Law.”
The law is updated every two years and has helped push Intel and rival microchip makers to aggressively target their R&D resources to make sure it happens.
40+ years before launch apple and iphoneMoore wrote: “Integrated circuits will enable such wonders as home computers—or at least terminals connected to a central computer—automatic control of automobiles, and personal portable communication devices.”
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After this article, microchips became more efficient and cheaper.This has helped drive global technological progress, paving the way for Silicon Valley giants such as Facebook, Google and apples.
In recent years, some have argued that Moore’s Law has less value because improvements in microchip manufacturing have slowed.
Current Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said the company is still investing billions of dollars in an effort to keep updating the law.
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In a 2005 interview, Moore said of his career: “I was lucky to be in the early stages of the semiconductor industry.
“From the time when we couldn’t make a single silicon transistor to the time when we put 1.7 billion silicon transistors on a chip, I had the opportunity to grow!
“It’s been a remarkable journey.”