In the late 1970’s, Phil Kaufmann led Intel’s strategic planning functions, reporting directly to Andy Grove. With a background in communications theory, Kaufman naturally envisioned a future with communication products consuming silicon. Learning that Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) was talking with Xerox about Xerox’s Ethernet technology, Kaufman called Gordon Bell of DEC, who he knew from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) standards making. Bell connected him with David Liddle of Xerox. With early assistance from Bob Metcalfe, Liddle, Bell, and Kaufman led the creation of the consortium of DIX (Digital Equipment Corporation—Intel—Xerox) and the beginnings of Ethernet becoming an IEEE standard. In mid-1982, Kaufman left Intel to become president of Silicon Compilers that in partnership with Seeq and 3Com had just produced the first Ethernet semiconductor chip at the time of this interview.
Intel; Grove, Andy; Bell, Gordon; Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC); Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); Liddle, David; Metcalfe, Robert; Ethernet; SEEQ Technology, Inc.; semiconductor; 3Com
James L. Pelkey collection : history of computer communications