As often as I reference Moore’s Law you’d think I’d know everything about Gordon Moore, the former co-founder, president and chairman of Intel who helped create the chip industry today. In a fit of wild extrapolation, he came up with the idea that the number of transistors on a chip would double every year, and later, based on his experience, he reasoned out the eponymous law that says transistors will double every 2 years. But an in-depth interview with Moore conducted by SEMI has taught me a thing or two about the man.
- He can blow glass. I’ve done this folks, and it’s not easy. Or safe.
- He once evaporated several thousand dollars worth of platinum inside a furnace.
- He inhaled. Arsenic.
- The man has no heroes, but he did like his math teacher.
- And he believes that, in the chip industry, when the going gets tough, the tough speed new product development.