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Gordon Moore, Who Co-Founded Intel, Dies at 94

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Gordon Moore holding a silicon wafer

Moore started Intel in 1968 with physicist Robert Noyce. He was also a founder, with Noyce and six others, of Fairchild Semiconductor, established in 1957.

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Intel co-founder and Silicon Valley pioneer Gordon E. Moore has died at 94.

Moore's 1965 prediction that computing capacity would expand exponentially as costs fall—known as Moore's Law—became the standard scientists pursued successfully for 50 years.

Michael S. Malone, author of The Intel Trinity, said the computing industry "designed and targeted its goals based on [Moore's Law], turning the law into a self-fulfilling prophecy." \

As co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor, Moore helped develop a chemical printing process for fabricating computer chips in batches, and for integrated circuit (IC) fabrication by depositing many transistors and their wires on a single piece of silicon.

As Intel's CEO, Moore helped lead the company's transition from producing logic chips to memory chips.

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