There are few figures in the technology industry that inspire awe, but Gordon Moore is one of them.
Anyone who considers themself a technologist, or even a PC enthusiast knows who Gordon Moore is. Moore co-founded Intel with Bob Noyce back in 1968 and is widely regarded as the father of the microprocessor. But it was the inception of Moore’s Law that carved Gordon out a place in the technology history books.
Although Moore’s Law has been somewhat tweaked and amended over the years, the general principle remains the same – every 24 months microprocessor performance will double, along with the number of transistors that make them up. It’s quite amazing that over 50 years later Moore’s Law still rings true.
With that kind of history, I was particularly excited when I heard that Gordon Moore would be appearing at this IDF, a feeling that seemed to be shared by pretty much every other delegate. Pat Gelsinger – Senior Vice President, General Manager, Digital Enterprise Group – introduced Gordon and recounted a time when he was summoned to his office, saying “I felt like I was going to see God!” Some may feel that’s a somewhat excessive analogy, but I can see exactly where Pat is coming from.
Moira Gunn from Tech Nation interviewed Moore, while the proceedings were broadcast live to avid technology fans around the nation. Several questions were thrown at Gordon and it was clear that even at the age of 78, he’s as sharp as ever and still has a passion for the technology that he helped to create so many years ago.
The biggest problem that Intel has now is, how do you follow a session like that? What can this IDF possibly have in store that will out-WOW an afternoon with Gordon Moore? Regardless of whether IDF Fall 2007 has peaked in the first day, one thing’s for sure – there was no better way to celebrate a decade of Intel Developer Forums than to put Gordon on stage. And I for one, sincerely hope he’ll be back for the 20th anniversary!