Did You Know?

Your cell phone has more computing power than NASA circa 1969


Bonus facts

A modern cell phone has more computer power than all of NASA back in 1969, when it placed two astronauts on the moon.

Also, you know that birthday card you can buy that ‘sings’ “Happy Birthday” to you? Remarkably, the tiny chip inside that card has more computer power than did all the Allied forces in 1945! These facts are accounted for by a rule of thumb within the computer industry called Moore’s Law.

This ‘law’ was named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, who predicted that the processing power of a computer chip approximately doubles every 24 months. Quick check among technicians in different computer companies shows that the term is not very popular but the rule is still accepted.

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