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Moore’s Law @50 in the News

Google News tracked 116 articles on the official 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law on April 19. I’m amazed the number is so small given the Web site sometimes serves up thousands of articles on hot topics.

Without Moore’s Law there would be no Google News or a whole host of much more significant innovations too numerous to mention. So, let me point to just a few of the good articles on the topic I clicked through on Sunday.

My favorite by far is the special report compiled by IEEE Spectrum which includes interviews with Gordon Moore and with Carver Mead each with their share of lively anecdotes.

The San Jose Mercury News , arguably Moore’s hometown newspaper, published a good ground up on the topic. The Wall Street Journal published a sobering treatment that noted one analyst’s estimate it now costs $132 million to make a leading-edge chip – you really, really want to avoid a re-spin these days.

The SEMI trade group published three infographics to celebrate the anniversary of Moore’s Law. We included one below and the two others on subsequent pages of this guide.

Our own R. Colin Johnson started his career at Electronics magazine where Moore published his landmark article. We provided a copy of the recent Intel video interview with Moore in Colin’s article on the topic.

Back in the day, our former semiconductor editor Mark Lapedus interviewed Moore after we awarded him our first ACE lifetime achievement award. More recently, we reported on one of the more cogent talks by a firmer Intel processor designer about the end of Moore’s Law and on one of the more inspiring talks by Carver Mead, one of Moore’s contemporaries.

No publication has the budget to honor all the engineers responsible for the advances in semiconductors that have fueled the advances in electronics over the last 50 years. In our own modest way, we provided a brief snapshot of just three of the senior engineers still at work in the field today.

You could easily make the case that EE Times should host a perpetual celebration of Moore’s Law given the thousands of engineers involved in keeping it alive. Their work is supporting the work of tens of thousands of other engineers innovating in and with the chips they enable.

But for now, we will pause at least until the next big anniversary.

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Some day there may be a separate infographic -- or book -- on the heroic engineering efforts to create successors to 193nm litho such as extreme ultraviolet.  Click here for larger image

Some day there may be a separate infographic — or book — on the heroic engineering efforts to create successors to 193nm litho such as extreme ultraviolet.

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