IDF: San Francisco – In a guest keynote yesterday, Intel founder Gordon Moore – credited with the industry's enduring Moore's Law which states the number of transistors on a chip will double every 18 months to two years – said this phenomenon would probably end in the next 10 to 15 years.
When quizzed by radio talkshow host, Dr Moira Gunn – herself and ex-Intel employee – if there was an end in sight for Moore's Law, Moore replied that there was.
"There is," Moore says. "Any physical commodity that is growing exponentially comes to some kind of end.
"When Stephen Hawking was asked what the fundamental limitations of microelectronics were, he replied: the speed of light and the atomic nature of matter – and we're not far off that atomic level.
"There really are some fundamental limits, but it's been amazing to me how technology has been able to push ahead," Moore says. "I think Moore's Law probably has another decade, 15 years."
Moore also revealed how the chip giant got its name – suggested by his daughter.
"We went through a lot of names," he says. "I can't imagine how difficult it's got to be today.
"We had 15 to 20 names which we submitted for approval in California before registering nationwide and four or five were rejected before Intel was accepted," More says. "The problem was that there was a hotel chain in the Midwest with the Intel name. So we bought it from them."