"Moore’s Law" — actually an axiom — says that the number of transistors in a given integrated circuit will double in some fixed amount of time. That time originally started out as eighteen months, but has since been pushed back to about every two years. That has had a corollary effect on performance as well as power consumption.
Tuesday, Moore said he expects his famous law to expire in ten to fifteen years. The reason, he explained, is fundamentally theoretical: "any physical quantity growing exponentially predicts disaster," he said. "It comes to an end. You can’t go beyond any major limit."
Moore also revealed that the original name of Intel was "Moore-Noyes Electronics," the combination of Moore’s name and Intel co-founder Robert Noyes. However, as Moore pointed out, an electronics firm advertising itself as "more noise" doesn’t exactly sell itself.