"Other than sometimes pedants like myself," notes Gordon Haff in
The Enterprisers Project, "most people don't use Moore's Law in its literal sense. That sense being Intel co-founder Gordon Moore's 1965 observation that each year saw a doubling of transistors in an integrated circuit. This doubling in turn meant that transistors kept getting proportionately cheaper and smaller.
But it's the performance increases - the speed gains that come from denser integrated circuits - that most people focus on when it comes to Moore's Law. The process shrinks enabling those density increases are only part of the overall performance ramp-up story of microprocessors and other integrated circuits, yet they've mostly overshadowed other engineering advances..."
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