Gordon A. Campbell

Summary : Gordon A. Campbell is the father of the fabless semiconductor industry

Inducted 2016, when the HoF was opened beyond Chip Making to include people who changed the business

Gordon A. Campbell is the father of the fabless semiconductor industry

  • Co-founded Chips and Technologies in 1985
    • First successful fabless company
  • Created the fabless business model
    • It would be cloned to create an entire industry
    • Made the foundry model possible
  • Proved the fabless model worked in large markets
    • Ultimately became larger than what a single fab could fill
    • It blew the PC up into an open horizontal standard
      • to drive volume via a SoC chip set model
  • Resisted turning to an IDM model

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