Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), the world's largest manufacturer of x86 CPUs for PCs and data centers, is closely scrutinized by tech and financial pundits. Back in 1965, Intel's co-founder Gordon Moore predicted the number of transistors within the same area of silicon would double every year. Using Moore's Law as its foundation, Intel deployed a "tick-tock" cycle for chip upgrades: Each "tick" produced a smaller chip with a higher density, while each "tock" upgraded its architecture but didn't reduce its size.
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