FAQ: Forty years of Moore’s Law

April 4, 2005

The article outlined what became known as Moore’s Law, the observation that the number of transistors–tiny on/off switches that churn out electrical signals that get represented as 1s and 0s–on a chip can be doubled in a short period of time. Adopted as a yardstick by the tech industry, the concept is one of the reasons the industry evolved into a high-growth, but high-risk, affair.

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