40 years of the microprocessor and Moore’s Law

40 years of the microprocessor and Moore’s Law

Posted on November 16th, 2011 by admin

Intel is celebrating 40 years since its introduction of the first commercially viable microprocessor, the 4004, in 1971.

Designed by members of Intel, Federico Faggin and Ted Hoff and Masatoshi Shima of Busicom (later of ZiLOG, founded by Faggin) had approximately 2,300 transistors.

What Is Moore’s Law?

“The number of transistors incorporated in a chip will approximately double every 24 months.”
—Gordon Moore, Intel Co-Founder

The logarithmic growth of chip capacity has followed this law since the first microprocessors.

In the late 1960’s, a chip had less than 2,003 transistors, today there are more than 2.6 billion transistors today. This enabling technology can be found in nearly every aspect of our lives and will be the corner stone of new technological developments for years to come.