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The Man behind the MicrochipRobert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley$
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Leslie Berlin

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195163438

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195163438.001.0001

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(p.305) Conclusion
The Man behind the Microchip

Leslie Berlin

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Robert Noyce's legacy. Many of the companies, organizations, and causes with which Noyce involved himself flourish today. In 2004, roughly $30 billion worth of microprocessors — the little chips Noyce once promoted with missionary zeal before incredulous audiences — were sold around the world. The largest company in this market is Intel, whose microprocessors drive more than 80% of the personal computers on the market today. But Noyce's most enduring legacy is to present a set of ideals that have become an indelible part of American high-tech culture: knowledge trumps hierarchy, every idea can be taken farther, new and interesting is better than established and safe, go for broke or don't go at all.

Keywords:   Robert Noyce, Intel, microprocessors, legacy

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