The co-founder and former chairman of Intel, Gordon Moore, passed away this Friday at the age of 94. The announcement was made jointly by Intel and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation during a press release, according to ABC NEWS. According to the press release, Moore died while surrounded by his family in Hawaii.
Moore and Robert Noyce established Intel in 1968, with Moore initially serving as the executive vice president before becoming the president in 1975. He was appointed as the chairman of the board and chief executive officer in 1979, and he held both positions until 1987 when he stepped down as the CEO but continued as the chairman.
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, stated:
The world lost a giant in Gordon Moore, who was one of Silicon Valley’s founding fathers and a true visionary who helped pave the way for the technological revolution,
All of us who followed owe him a debt of gratitude. May he rest in peace.
The world lost a giant in Gordon Moore, who was one of Silicon Valley’s founding fathers and a true visionary who helped pave the way for the technological revolution. All of us who followed owe him a debt of gratitude. May he rest in peace.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 25, 2023
Moore remained associated with Intel, becoming the chairman emeritus in 1997, a position he held until 2006 when he retired. Throughout his tenure at Intel, Moore played a crucial role in the development of the company’s microprocessor technology, and he also formulated “Moore’s Law,” which predicted that the number of transistors on a microchip would double approximately every two years.
Moore’s contributions to the field of technology and his impact on the growth and success of Intel cannot be overstated. His passing is a significant loss to the tech industry and the broader community, and his legacy will undoubtedly continue to inspire future generations of innovators and entrepreneurs.
Intel got its start in technology by developing semiconductor memory products, including dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) and static random-access memory (SRAM) chips. These early products were instrumental in the growth of the computer industry, as they allowed computers to store and retrieve data much more quickly and efficiently than earlier technologies.