Artifact Details

Title

Faggin, Federico oral history

Catalog Number

102658025

Type

Text

Date

2004-09-22; 2004-12-13; 2005-03-03

Contributor

Faggin, Federico, Interviewee
Hendrie, Gardner, Interviewer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Los Altos, California

Identifying Numbers

Other number OHP 087

Extent

139 p.

Description

Federico Faggin describes his childhood and early education in Italy where he received a Laurea Degree in physics, summa cum laude, at the University of Padua. After graduation Faggin went on to work at Olivetti. In 1968 he moved to Palo Alto, where he worked for Fairchild Semiconductor, where he invented the MOS Silicon Gate technology, the basis of all modern CMOS computer chips. In 1970 Faggin moved to Intel where, with Marcian Hoff, Stanley Mazor and Intel customer Masatoshi Shima, he developed the Intel 4004, the world's first microprocessor. He also supervised the design of the Intel 8008, the world's first 8-bit microprocessor. In 1974 Faggin left Intel to cofound Zilog with Ralph Ungermann. At Zilog, Faggin conceived of the architecture of the Z80 and Z8000 microprocessors. In 1982 Faggin started Cygent Technologies, and in 1986 he cofounded Synaptics, which produces the most widely used touchpad in the computer industry.

Category

Transcription

Subject

semiconductor history; Faggin, Federico; Olivetti; SGS Fairchild; Fairchild Semiconductor; MOS TECHNOLOGY; Intel Corporation; Noyce, Robert; Mazor, Stan; Hoff, M. (Ted); Shima, Masatoshi; MCS-4; Intel 4004 (Microprocessor); Busicom; Intel 8008 (Microprocessor); Feeney, Harold; Intel 8080 (Microprocessor); Intel 4040 (Microprocessor); Zilog, Inc.; Ungermann, Ralph; Zilog Z80; Zilog Z8000; MOS; Cygnet Technologies; Synaptics Inc.; Borel, Daniel; Foveon Inc.; Mead, Carver

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Lot Number

X2941.2005