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8/31/2017 10:00 AM EDT
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trigoli940
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1st Commercially Available IC Gave Birth To "Silicon Valley"
trigoli940   9/9/2017 2:21:44 PM
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With all due respect to Hewlett and Packard, Silicon Valley actually took foothold with the launch of the first commercially available integrated circuit in 1959 by Fairchild Semiconductor -- then located on 844 E. Charleston Avenue in Palo Alto.

The name "Silicon Valley" was coined about a decade later by Don Hoefler, a reporter for Electronic News. I suspect politics had something to do with the State of California citing the HP garage as the start of Silicon Valley...but factually, the real emergence of Silicon Valley began with Fairchild launching the first commercially availabe IC.
Appropriately, a plaque (California Registered Historical Landmark 1000) can be found at the Charleston Avenue address in Palo Alto. Headlined, "First Commercially Available Integrated Circuit" -- this plaque credits the Fairchiled chip as the innovation that "helped revolutionize Silicon Valley's semiconductor electronics industry, and brought profound change to the lives of people everywhere." Again with a respectful tip of the hat to Hewlett and Packard, let's never forget Bob Noyce's instrumental role in inventing the first commercially available IC.

 

 

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The Birthplace of Silicon Valley
Carl_S   9/5/2017 11:34:56 AM
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While HP was surely a major company in the Palo Alto area, I don't think you can give them credit as the founder of Silicon Valley. That would have to go to Shockley Semiconductor or Fairchild, depending on whether you emphasize success or chronology.

HP was there first, but they weren't a player in semiconductors in the early days.

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Birthplace of Silicon Valley
Dickd1   9/1/2017 3:16:52 PM
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There were no silicon devices in Silicon Valley at this HP birth.  The  title does not fit and ought to be  revised to something like. The Birthplace of Technology witin  Silicon Valley.  The birthplace of silicon technology in Silicon Valley is Shockley Labs many tears later.

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Dickd1   9/1/2017 3:16:50 PM
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There were no silicon devices in Silicon Valley at this HP birth.  The  title does not fit and ought to be  revised to something like. The Birthplace of Technology witin  Silicon Valley.  The birthplace of silicon technology in Silicon Valley is Shockley Labs many tears later.

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Dickd1   9/1/2017 3:16:47 PM
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There were no silicon devices in Silicon Valley at this HP birth.  The  title does not fit and ought to be  revised to something like. The Birthplace of Technology witin  Silicon Valley.  The birthplace of silicon technology in Silicon Valley is Shockley Labs many tears later.

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