Gordon Moore, the founder of Intel,
is widely known for "Moore's Law," in which he predicted in1965 that,
as a rule of thumb, the number of transistors the industry would be
able to place on a computer chip would double every couple of
years. This has become the guiding principle for the industry.
An NCB Advisory Board member and integrated circuit designer
writes: "Moore's Law models the observation that the number of
transitors on a chip roughly doubles every 18 months. Not all
designs follow this law, but a 'large' ASIC design seems to grow by a
factor of 10 every 5 years (close to Moore's Law). In 1990 a
large ASIC design size was 10-k gate, in 1995 a large design was about
100 k-gate. In 2000 it was about 1 M-gate."
M. J. S. Smith, a
graduate of Queens' College, in Application-Specific Integrated