SANTA CLARA, Calif. ( TheStreet) -- At a circuits conference in 2003, Gordon Moore told the audience that his Moore's Law -- doubling the number of transistors in a chip roughly every two years -- would likely reach its zenith in a decade. An entire industry promptly patted him on the head and resumed ignoring him.More than 45 years after Moore published his law for cramming the maximum amount of transistors on a chip at minimal costs, the co-founder and former chief executive of Intel ( INTC) watched chip sizes shrink to double-digit nanometers and the functionality of phones and computers expand in kind. Meanwhile, the cost per function shriveled to the size of the transistors that made it all possible.
|The size of modern computers would astonish the designers of Eniac, which made its first official calculation in 1946. An Intel executive says computers aren't done with their simultaneous shrinking and improvement.|