Geek Trivia

What Computing Rule of Thumb Predicts The Doubling of Computing Power Every Two Years?

Hall's Law
Koomey's Law
Haitz's Law
Moore's Law
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Answer: Moore’s Law

Moore’s Law is a principle in computing industry wherein the amount of transistors packed into integrated circuits doubles roughly every two years.

The law is named after Gordon E. Moore, an early Intel engineer, who described the trend in a 1965 paper on the future of computing power published in Electronics Magazine. He traced the pattern of increasing power prior to the year the paper was written and predicted that the trend of computing power doubling every year years would continue into the future–he later revised his calculations to a more modest double of power every two years.

In addition to explaining computing development at the time it was proposed, Moore’s Law became a guiding principle for the industry; development schedules and product delivery time tables became structured around Moore’s Law, further reinforcing the perceived accuracy of Moore’s predictions. To that end, it has become somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy as competitors in the micro-processor industry race each other to the next iteration of Moore’s Law.