Chemistry of Moores Law

Everyone knows a version of Moore’s Law that states: the number of components on a unit area computer chip will double every 12 months. Empirically, it’s turned out to be every 18 months, but it doesn’t just apply to chip density, but highest hard drive capacity at any given time, CPU speeds, and RAM requirements (the computer hardware and software industries form a self-perpetuating ascending double helix in case you hadn’t noticed). The Chemical Heritage Foundation is marking the fortieth anniversary of Intel co-founder Gordon E Moore’s Law in May next year a celebration of the fact that without an equivalent doubling in chemical savvy none of those advances in computing would have been possible.