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Tomorrow’s Computers: More Moore?

A single iPhone today has more power than the NASA computer that took astronauts to the moon. A smartwatch has more memory than computers that used to fill an entire room. So how did we get here? In 1965, Intel and Fairchild Semiconductor cofounder Gordon Moore predicted that the number of electronic components squeezed onto an integrated circuit will double each year. This bold observation, now widely known as Moore’s Law, has not only resulted in smaller, faster, and cheaper computer chips, but has also enabled the creation of life-changing technologies, from smartphones to spreadsheets. When Moore made his prediction, there were about 30 components on a chip and transistors cost about $8 .Today, billions of transistors fit on a chip the size of your fingernail and transistors cost a mere billionth of a penny.

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Tomorrow's Computers: More Moore?

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Special thanks tonight to Lam Research for sponsoring the program. They're a terrific partner and one of the world's leading companies in the semiconductor industry. So thank you to Lammie.

For a very brief but and I'd like it all focus your attention on the screen and we'll take a little video from lamp.

Great. Well thank you. Till Lam Research.

Thanks for that. Before for those who didn't hear this this afternoon I'm going to say it again if you were here this afternoon that it's the likes of lamb and all the work that's been done in the semiconductor industry that allows this current meem of software is eating the world to play out. I happened to be in a van a long time ago. Gordon Moore spoke and he followed someone who made a statement of that ilk and he smiled as he does want to do and and and when he got onto the stage he said your software maybe eating the world but it's got a run on something. And.

So tonight's special night to celebrate semiconductors with that I'd like to introduce the Tripoli president from 2017 President CEO Karen Bartles said she'd like to say a few words about the Shockley Semiconductor laboratory dedication that took place earlier today. And with that the plaque associated with Moore's Law so please join me in welcoming Karen to the stage.

Thank you Tao. Good evening everyone. Thank you all for attending and being part of this very special program. I am honored to be here to dedicate I Tripoli's latest milestone award to Gordon Moore and his well-known prediction known as Moore's Law. AI Tripoli as the world's largest technical professional society whose core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. Our four hundred thirty thousand members in over 160 countries define technology state of the art. Develop industry standards and leverage the power of technology to advance the human condition. The Tripoli milestone program is funded by donations to the Tripoli Foundation and is administered by the Tripoli History Center. It recognises great moments throughout our world's long history of technical innovation. Tonight's milestone distinguished.