British man finds ‘Moore’s Law’ magazine

----collects $10,000 cash!

By: Matthew Fordahl

AP technology Writer

April 22, 2005


SAN JOSE, Calif. — A British engineer whose wife complained about his stash of old magazines has collected $10,000 from Intel Corp. after he found a 40-year-old periodical in which the chip makers co-founder predicted the future of the semi-conductor industry. David Clark, a 57-year-old employee of Philips Electronics, found a copy of the April 19, 1965, Electronics magazine under the floorboards of his Surrey home. The copy was in mint condition —exactly what Intel was looking for to place on exhibit at its corporate museum.


Though the company and its cofounder, Gordon Moore, had photocopies of the article that would later be known as “Moore’s Law,” neither had the original. Earlier this month, Intel posted a $10,000 bounty for a mint-condition copy on the auction site eBay  Clark saw news articles about Intel’s search while checking headlines on his computer. “My hair started standing up, because I thought there was a very good chance I’ve got that,” he said in an interview Friday. April 22nd.


The reward also prompted libraries around the world to place their copies under lock and key after the University of Illinois reported a theft. Intel, for its part, said it would only buy a library copy if it was being sold by the rightful owner.


But that wasn’t necessary after Clark alerted the company to his collection last week and sent photographs of it, said Intel spokesman Manny Vara. “He said over the years his wife had given him a hard time about hoarding all these magazines,” Vara said Friday. “He told her someday they’d be worth some money Clark picked up the issue in the 1970s when a nearby library was clearing out its stacks. “I thought it was a shame to throw them out because they were recording the early days of the golden age of electronics,” he said. “Being something of a hoarder, I put them all in plastic bags and took them home.” He said he plans to spend the money on his daughter’s wedding , among other things.


In the article, Moore predicted the number of transistors and other components crammed on an integrated circuit would double every year, enabling an era of inexpensive microelectronics. Moore subsequently updated the rate of doubling to every two years.



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