Fireside Chat with Gordon Moore, Live at IDF: Part I

September 18th, 2007 |
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Gordon E. Moore, Intel retired chairman and CEO (and chairman emeritus of the board) spoke with Moira Gunn onstage at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, in an interview that Intel called a “fireside chat.”

In this segment, find out how Intel really got its start, and how much of its success Moore thinks was just great good luck.

The conversation covered a full career, from a time before semiconductors, when the very notion of integrated circuits was new — and controversial. Since then, of course, not only has Moore been on the winning side of the technology, but his name has become synomymous with the notion that the technology of the chip is on an aggressive development track — “Moore’s Law” has guided and challenged the chip industry for more than 30 years. (Asked if he regrets that name, he says, “I guess I don’t – now.”)

An End to Moore’s Law?

Every year sees speculation about a possible end to Moore’s Law. What does Moore, himself say? The answer is in this podcast. The physical world is subject to limiting factors, and Moore predicts that sometime in the foreseeable future, limits will be reached in the business of chip-making. However, Moore says he’s still impressed at how well the industry has extended the technologies, so far.

Moore easily recalls a time before the name Silicon Valley applied to the high-tech corridor south of San Francisco, but he was also remembers a time before the now-ubiquitous staple of office life worldwide. Cubicles. You may not like your cubicle much, but according to Moore, they came about in an attempt to keep the office from looking like a prison. Besides, he says, he still has the biggest cubicle at Intel.

Gordon Moore co-founded Intel in 1968.

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