Gordon Moore, tech trailblazer and originator of Moore's Law, dies at 94

Jingyue Hsiao, DIGITIMES Asia, Taipei 0

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According to Intel's press release on its official website, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced that Gordon Moore died on March 24, 2023, surrounded by his family at his home in Hawaii.

Moore and Robert Noyce co-founded Intel in July 1968 after the duo participated in the founding of Fairchild Semiconductor. Initially, Moore served as the executive vice president and later took over as president in 1975. He was appointed chairman of the board and CEO in 1979 and held both positions until 1987 when he relinquished his CEO role and continued as chairman. In 1997, he became the chairman emeritus before stepping down from his position in 2006.

After retiring from Intel, Moore served as board chairman for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation until transitioning to chairman emeritus in 2018. Besides, Moore was a member of the board of directors of Conservation International and Gilead Science, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Engineers, and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He also served as chairman of the board of trustees of the California Institute of Technology between 1995 and the beginning of 2001.

Moore is known for Moore's Law he observed in 1968, according to which the number of transistors on a microchip doubles approximately every two years. Moore's Law accurately predicts the pace of technological progress, with the exponential growth in computing power and decrease in cost per transistor leading to the creation of new applications and industries.

Morris Chang, founder and former chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), expressed his sorrow for Moore's passing. "I'm very much saddened by the news of Gordon's death," he said. "He was a great and respected friend for more than sixty years. With Gordon gone, almost all of my first generation semiconductor colleagues are gone."

According to the press release, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said Gordon Moore defined the technology industry through his insight and vision, and he was instrumental in revealing the power of transistors, inspiring technologists and entrepreneurs across the decades.