Intel Co-founder Moore Looks Back on a Legendary IT Career

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-05-14 Print this article Print

Since Dr. Gordon E. Moore helped start two important semiconductor makers, Fairchild and Intel, information technology has evolved a hundredfold. Most of that development is due to the successful implementation of the silicon-based integrated processor: squeezing down transistors, resistors and other elements into smaller and smaller forms onto silicon wafers.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.-Intel co-founder and Chairman Emeritus Gordon E. Moore was a 30-year-old executive at Fairchild Camera & Instrument back in January 1959 when the theory behind the silicon integrated processor was published by colleague Robert Noyce.

Since that Eisenhower administration year, information technology has evolved a hundredfold. And much of that development is due to the successful implementation of squeezing down transistors, resistors and other elements into smaller and smaller processor forms onto silicon wafers.

Dr. Moore, 80, and another Fairchild co-founder, Dr. Jay Last, have survived all these years to witness how the fruits of their development of the silicon-based processor have served mankind.

On May 8, both Moore and Last were honored at the 50th anniversary celebration of the same integrated chip that Noyce envisioned so long ago. The event was held at the Computer History Museum here before a standing-room-only crowd.

Moore, visiting with a small group of reporters before the evening's presentation, said that he had no way of knowing that what his company was working on back in the 1960s would turn out to be such an important development in the history of the world's business and communications.

"All you're thinking about at the time is the next product you're coming out with. You of course have no idea about how it's going to affect your customers, let alone the world!" Moore, who appears to be in excellent health, said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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