Moore's law

noun, often capitalized L
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Definition of Moore's law

: an axiom of microprocessor development usually holding that processing power doubles about every 18 months especially relative to cost or size

First Known Use of Moore's law

1977, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Moore's law

Gordon E. Moore born 1929 American computer industry executive

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“Moore's law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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