Moore’s Law, The Microcomputer and Me

Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011 - 7:00 pm          


As a way of describing the historic increase in density of integrated circuits, Moore’s Law has contributed dramatically to the growth of electronics in the world today. Several of the contributing factors during 1960-2000 will be described in this talk, along with how these factors are just as important today.

The influence of chip density on early microprocessor architecture and design will also be discussed, particularly the “LSI constraints” which confronted Stan Mazor in his design of early logic chips at Intel.


About the speaker,  Stan Mazor

Stanley Mazor worked on early microprocessor chips at Intel, and shares patents on the 4004 and 8080. He had previously worked on the design of “Symbol,” a high-level language computer at Fairchild R&D in 1964. He has worked at several other start-up companies, including BEA Systems, Synopsys, Silicon
Compilers, Numerical Technologies and Cadabra. Stan studied mathematics at San Francisco State University in 1963. He has published 60 articles relating to LSI chips, and four books including “A Guide to VHDL.”

Stan was awarded the Kyoto Prize, the Ron Brown American Innovator Award, the SIA Robert Noyce Award and the President’s National Technology and Innovation Award. He was inducted into the Inventor’s Hall of Fame, and is a Fellow of the Computer History Museum. Since retiring, his hobbies include architecture and writing. His recent books include Design an Expandable House and Stock Market Gambling: Turning on a Dime.


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