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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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The Man behind the Microchip

Leslie Berlin

Oxford University Press

This chapter recounts Noyce's years at Intel and the company's development of the microprocessor. Bob Noyce played a key role in the microprocessor's development and success at Intel. He encouraged its development; he lobbied for its introduction; he dreamed of its future importance; he promoted it tirelessly within the company and to customers. The operations manager (Grove), the key inventor (Hoff), and the board chair (Rock), have each independently said, in one way or another that “the microprocessor would not have happened at Intel if it had not been for Bob”.

Keywords:   Robert Noyce, Intel, microprocessors, semiconductors

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