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Google Doodle Celebrates a Father of the Microchip

Robert Noyce was a co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957, but is mainly known because of his involvement in Intel, which he co-founded with Gordon Moore in 1968.

During his lifetime, Noyce was considered the most influential person in Silicon valley and appropriately nicknamed  the "mayor of Silicon Valley". He died on June 3, 1990 at the age of 62 from a heart attack and would have celebrated his 84th birthday today. Gordon Moore will celebrate his 83rd birthday on January 3.

Noyce's professional legacy is especially known because of his microprocessor patent ("Semiconductor Device and Lead Structure") he filed in 1959 and is considered to be the documentation for the co-invention for the microchip. Noyce work took place independently from similar efforts of Jack Kilby, who presented a similar result a few months before Noyce. His patent eventually lead to the development of the 4004 processor in 1971, which was the first CPU on a chip and first commercially sold processor.

  • keyanf
    Will we get a special icon on Dummer's birthday Google?
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  • DSpider
    Ha. I haven't seen the Google front page for ages! I always use the browser's search feature.
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  • f-gomes
    Celebrates "a" father??? C'mon, guys...
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  • rosen380
    Are you implying that it should read 'the' Father and guys like Ted Hoff, Mazor, Faggin, etc should get no credit what-so-ever??
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  • mavroxur
    Lead wires are on all 4 sides of the 4004's die, not just the ends. And yes, I am a dork for pointing that out. :-)

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  • LordConrad
    Noyce was a brilliant man, but there was only one "father" of the microchip: Jack Kilby

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  • jellico
    It's cool that they put up a doodle to honor Robert Noyce. However, the glaring absence of a doodle commemorating the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor was offensive to say the least. Especially considering that later in the day on the 7th, they put up a doodle to honor some obscure artist that hardly anyone has ever heard of.
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  • f-gomes
    rosen380Are you implying that it should read 'the' Father and guys like Ted Hoff, Mazor, Faggin, etc should get no credit what-so-ever??
    No, I am not implying that. I am just pointing out that it just reads strange, they c(sh)ould have worked it out differently, I think.
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  • f-gomes
    jellicoIt's cool that they put up a doodle to honor Robert Noyce. However, the glaring absence of a doodle commemorating the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor was offensive to say the least. Especially considering that later in the day on the 7th, they put up a doodle to honor some obscure artist that hardly anyone has ever heard of.
    Who in their right mind would commemorate the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbour? Maybe a few crazy japanese?
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  • memadmax
    The 4004, 8008, 8080, 8088, 8086, 80286, 80386s, even the bastard childs 80188's/186's, all revolutionary for their time.....

    Thank god for Ice Cream and Robert Noyce.
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