Moore's Law and Microcomputer History

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 16:30
TH 331
Stan Mazor

Moore's law is in the news and is a way of describing the historic growth in density of integrated circuits. Several of the factors that contributed to the increased density of IC's during 1960-2000 are described, some of which are applicable today. Additionally, the influence of chip density on early microprocessor architecture and design, particularly the "LSI constraints" which confronted the chip designer are discussed. Stan will describe his experiences in the design of the early Intel chips.


Stanley Mazor worked on early microprocessor chips at Intel and shares patents on the 4004 and 8080. Previously he worked on the design of "Symbol", a high level language computer at Fairchild R&D (1964). He has worked in several start-up companies including: Intel, BEA Systems, Synopsys, Silicon Compilers, and Numerical Technologies, and Cadabra in Ottawa. He studied mathematics at San Francisco State University in 1963. He has published 50 articles relating to LSI chips and five books including "A Guide to VHDL", published by Kluwer in 1993. He was awarded the Kyoto Prize, the Ron Brown American Innovator Award, inducted into the Inventor's Hall of Fame, awarded the SIA Robert Noyce Award, is a Fellow of the Computer History Museum, and is on the SFSU Wall of Fame.
His hobby is architecture and recently published books entitled: "Design an Expandable House", and "Stock Market Gambling".