Eli Harari looks back at his time at Intel, including a very significant conversation with Andy Grove.
Ted Hoff explains why 1959 was a key year for semiconductors. The Planar Process, invented by Jean Hoerni, produced gradients that made for faster transistors (switching) and better base thickness control. David Laws adds that the planar process saved Fairchild in more ways than one as they had trouble with the earlier Mesa transistors. It […]
Minicomputers moved silicon devices from military to primarily consumer applications. Ted Hoff talks about the early days and why Silicon was used rather than Germanium. MOS processes were reliable and stable and enabled a reliable framework for future semiconductor devices. Thanks Tom Coughlin for the description.
Paul Wesling (GTE/Lenkurt), Norm Pond (Varian) and Ted Hoff (Intel) explain the transition from tubes to semiconductors and describe the resulting transformation of the Valley of the Hearts Delight into Silicon Valley. Starting in the early 1900s, this fascinating talk shows how modern concepts, like hackathons and sharing, were a factor in the development of homegrown technology […]
Ted Hoff gives his perspective on Silicon Valley in the late 1950s and 1960s. He talks about some of the technologies he worked on and saw at Stanford, including analog memory, pattern recognition, microwave radio technology and lasers. He points out that Stanford’s ties with industry allowed the exchange of ideas that helped Silicon Valley […]
Ted Hoff explains the economics of Moore’s law and how it was a useful tool for predicting the cost of an integrated circuit. He also talks about Intel’s 1102 and 1103 chips, as well as Intel’s first building.
Ted Hoff talks about the importance of Intel’s contract with Busicom in the late 1960s to produce chips for a calculator and how that effort became the basis for their first microprocessor.
Ted Hoff talks about the development of the Intel 4004 microprocessor.