Moore’s Law: 50 Years and Still Scaling

To celebrate the significant gains in performance and cost enabled by Moore’s Law scaling over the past 50 years, we’re kicking off a social media campaign today.

On April 19, the electronics and computing industries will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law. The last 50 years have been a marvel of technological innovations required to meet the performance and cost demands of today’s personal electronics – not even vaguely imagined in 1965. The result: a world where a large and growing population use smaller, smarter and connected mobile products that deliver advanced computing performance and complex functionality at lower cost.

Thanks to the industry’s commitment to maintaining the pace of innovation, predicted by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore five decades ago, a computer, phone, music player, and many more applications can all be found on devices that fit in the palm of your hand or on your wrist.

To honor this anniversary, we are kicking off a #MooresLaw50 social media campaign in conjunction with throwback Thursday (#TBT). Our campaign will compare how far technologies have come since 1965. We’ll spotlight a new technology each week, and highlight the significant gains developed by the performance and cost improvements outlined in Moore’s Law – making these devices almost unrecognizable.

Check back every Thursday, and join the #MooresLaw50 conversation on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

In 1965, only 30 transistors fit in a square inch an integrated circuit. Today, the size and speed with which they are manufactured has improved dramatically; now billions of transistors fit on an integrated circuit.

Today’s tablet computers run at nearly 50,000x the speed of a room-sized computer from 1965. 

In 1965, phones stayed in the house and only had one function: make a call. Today, phones are carried everywhere and function as phones, computers, music players and gaming consoles.

50 years ago, massive hard drives stored only 1MB of data. Today, tiny thumb drives hold up to 128GB, that’s a 131,000x increase.

“Portable” in 1965 meant only 1 song per side. Today, the smallest music players easily hold more than 4,000 songs.

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