Robert Noyce

Summary : Robert Noyce is the true father of the IC and Silicon Valley, the original model for start-ups and serial entrepreneurs, as well as the first statesman for the semiconductor industry

Noyce's IC
Intel's Business Plan
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Inducted 2016, when the HoF was opened beyond Chip Making to include people who changed the business

Robert Noyce (2016) is the true father of the IC and Silicon Valley, the original model for start-ups and serial entrepreneurs, as well as the first statesman for the semiconductor industry

  • All ICs would be integrated with the planar process
    • The key differentiating factor in his patent
  • Led the ‘traitorous 8’ from Shockley to start Fairchild
  • Then led the spin off from Fairchild that would put the ‘Silicon’ in Silicon Valley to start Intel
    • This was the start of the Venture Capital model for funding start-ups
  • His vision was that the pie was bigger than any one company
  • As first CEO of SEMATECH, his efforts were key to saving America’s semiconductor industry

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