Artifact Details

Title

Perlegos, George oral history

Catalog Number

102746703

Type

Text

Date

2013-07-08

Contributor

Dennis, Eric, Videographer
Katz, Jeff, Interviewer
Perlegos, George, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, California

Extent

42 p.

Description

Raised in Greece, George Perlegos moved to California in high school and went on to have a sterling Silicon Valley career. The son of a grape farmer, he finished high school in California’s Central Valley before earning a BS in engineering at San Jose State and an MSEE at Stanford University.

George is one of those rare individuals who made major contributions to both technology and business. He is one of the fathers of semiconductor non-volatile memories, one of the keystones of today’s electronic products. He was the co-inventor of the first n-channel EPROM, the Intel 2708 EPROM and later created the 5v 2716 EPROM. He subsequently made major development contributions to the first EEPROMs, including the 2816, and Flash.

In addition to these major technical contributions, George was a co-founder of three successful semiconductor companies: SEEQ Technologies, Chips and Technology, and Atmel. He served as CEO of Atmel. In addition to major product developments, these companies pioneered the fab-less semiconductor business model. He is now retired and splits his time between California and Greece.

Several original drawings and technical tables are included at the end.

Category

Transcription

Subject

semiconductor history; erasable programmable read-only memory (EPROM); E-squared (EEPROM); electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (EEPROM); Intel; Chips and Technologies (C&T); Campbell, Gordon; Frohman, Dov; 2708 NMOS EPROM chip; 2716 NMOS EPROM chip; 1702 NMOS EPROM chip; Atmel Corporation; non-volatile memory; flash memory; Xicor

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Lot Number

X6885.2013