Breaking the Law (Moore's)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 18:10
LIB 121
Stan Mazor (co-Inventor of the microprocessor chip)

Moore's law is a way of describing the historic growth in density of Integrated Circuits (IC). Several of the factors that contributed to the increased density of ICs 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 "Large Scale Integration constraints" which confronted the chip designer are discussed. Stan will discuss Moore's Law, the importance of photo lithography, some constraints on early microprocessor architecture, and if time allows: how computers add.


Dr. Stan Mazor, was raised in Oakland, CA and attended SFSU 1960-1963, with a focus on mathematics and statistics. In 1964 he joined Fairchild Semiconductor in Mt. View, CA as a computer programmer, and later a logic designer on the Symbol high level language computer. He migrated to Intel in 1969 and worked on early microcomputer architectures and developed an early circuit simulator (transient analysis). He left Intel in 1983 to participate in several CAD companies including Silicon Compilers, and later Synopsys. He has published 60 technical articles, 3 books, and received several professional prizes: Kyoto Prize, Inventor's Hall of Fame, and, president Obama's National Medal of Science and Technology. He was awarded an honorary Dr. of Science by SFSU president: Dr. Wong.