Transistor Traffic

Moore’s law been both a rule of thumb for the technology industry and a glib touchstone for journalists since it was published in an electronics journal more than 40 years ago.

It’s often misstated as computer processing power will double every 18 months. But more accurately Moore said that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. It’s also a projection based on observation, rather than a natural law.

Nevertheless, what Moore was describing was nothing less than the technological advance that underpinned a period of radical change that has redefined the planet and the human race. And it’s all based on our understanding of physics and our ability to use electrons to carry information. But just how radical was this change?

They’re vital to the smooth(ish) running of the city. But they’re also squat dull things that cram up Dublin’s already crowded walkways. Dublin’s traffic boxes are also chock full of wires and transistors that are hidden away in steel cases.

No better place than to place our Moore’s laws illustration to get people thinking about how far we’ve come. These vinyl covers thought of real world comparisons that shows just how staggering the advancement Moore’s law described would be applied to other areas of life.

The other thing about Moore’s law, is that the law itself if one of the least remarkable things that Gordon E. Moore achieved during his life – and he’s still alive by the way. He’s 87 years old and a multi billionaire.

Moore was one of the founders of Fairchild Semiconductor corporation, a seminal moment in computer history and then went on form what would now be called a tech start up, called NM Electronics which would go on to become one of the primary drivers in computer processing and memory development over the second part of the 20th century and continuing to this day.

You probably know the company better by it’s current name, Intel. We’re delighted to have partnered with Intel on this project, connecting Dublin, to one of the technology’s leading innovators.