This year we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Gordon Moore’s famous paper “Cramming more components onto integrated circuits”, the basis of Moore’s Law. Remarkably enough, it was my college advisor who coined the phrase.
So what has Moore’s Law meant for test equipment and the associated industry? A lot. For one thing, an explosion of product categories, a trend that is likely to continue.
In my latest column I document the rise (and fall) of test and measurement product categories through each decade. I also document the rise of new companies along with these categories: Teradyne, Advantest, Spirent and Ixia, to name a few.
What does the future hold? 5G wireless and IoT (Internet of Things) are ripe for spawning new test categories. It is challenging to predict exactly how this will play out, but the vendors that can foresee the changes and define these new categories will reap rich rewards.
You can read my entire column here.