Special Report: 50 Years of Moore's Law
The glorious history and inevitable decline of one of technology’s greatest winning streaks
Fifty years ago this month, Gordon Moore forecast a bright future for electronics. His ideas were later distilled into a single organizing principle—Moore’s Law—that has driven technology forward at a staggering clip. We have all benefited from this miraculous development, which has forcefully shaped our modern world.
In this special report, we find that the end won’t be sudden and apocalyptic but rather gradual and complicated. Moore’s Law truly is the gift that keeps on giving—and surprising, as well.
The Multiple Lives of Moore’s Law
Why Gordon Moore’s grand prediction has endured for 50 years30 Mar
The Death of Moore’s Law Will Spur Innovation
As transistors stop shrinking, open-source hardware will have its day31 Mar
Moore’s Law Might Be Slowing Down, But Not Energy Efficiency
Miniaturization may be tough, but there’s still room to drive down power consumption in modern computers 31 Mar
Gordon Moore: The Man Whose Name Means Progress
The visionary engineer reflects on 50 years of Moore’s Law 30 Mar
There is a dark side to the revolution in electronics: unjustified technological expectations 19 Mar
Graphic: Transistor Production Has Reached Astronomical Scales
A look at Moore’s Law in action 2 Apr
Q&A: Carver Mead
A longtime collaborator recalls the first time he met Gordon Moore 15 Apr
Opinion: What Kind of Thing Is Moore’s Law?
The trend has more to do with collective behavior than the laws of nature6 Apr
Opinion: Is This Really The Anniversary of Moore’s Law?
Gordon Moore’s path to his famous prediction7 Apr
Five Things You Might Not Know About Moore’s Law
Facts that are often overlooked when Moore’s Law is discussed30 Apr
The Murky Origins of “Moore’s Law”
A hunt for the very first time the term was used28 Apr
Moore’s Law Milestones
As the stakes got higher and higher, semiconductor specialists performed the near impossible to keep the winning streak alive30 Apr