Report Plan

Introductory notes:

Choice of personality: Gordon Moore

My reasons for choosing Gordon Moore: Without the company he co-founded, INTEL, the PC industry may not have existed and blossomed in quite the same way without Moores genius and farsightedness.

I will write about how the company was started when Moore and Noyce left Fairchild and how the finance was arranged in very short order. I will illustrate how they recognised the potential of the Microprocessor and how Moore helped overcome the difficulties they encountered. I will also cover 'Moore's Law' and how this helped provide a benchmark to the industry, as a whole, and how accurate his forecast was.

Web Links:

1. Intel site. 2. Scientific American interview. 3. Jill Wolfson & Teo Cervantes interview. 4. BusinessWeek article. 5. Stanford University Interview.

Achievements:

1. Founding of INTEL. 2. Development of Microprocessor technology. 3. Sucessful marketing strategy. 4. Creation of the right team to do the job. 5. Moores' Law.

Different viewpoints:

1. Bob Cringely ('Accidental Empires') 2. Tim Jackson ('Inside Intel'). 3. Intels' official bio. 4. Quotes from various published articles.

Key Points:

1. Moores personality. 2. His reputation. 3. His scientific background. 4. Moores' Law. 5. Team chosen for the job. 6. Problem solving capability.

Conclusions:

1. Moore contributed to the birth of the PC (even if he did not realise this at the time). 2. The development of microprocessors in general has had a huge impact on everyday life. 3. Intel continue to be a dominant force in the industry. 4. How Moores personality contributed to this outcome. 5. How Moores Law provided impetus to whole industry.


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