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1971 is the year that Intel changed the world

1971 is the year that Intel changed the world
by Daniel Nenni on 06-24-2019 at 5:00 am

The “20 Questions with John East” series continues

From time to time I present the History of Silicon Valley as I saw it to various audiences.  I always enjoy doing that.  I’ve learned that the part that audiences like the most is the Apple / Steve Jobs story.  That’s not hard to understand.  Steve Jobs was truly fascinating! The story… Read More


Intel let there be RAM

Intel let there be RAM
by Daniel Nenni on 06-17-2019 at 5:00 am

The “20 Questions with John East” series continues

Intel was founded in 1968 by Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore who had left Fairchild earlier that year.  They immediately hired Andy Grove. Noyce, Moore and Grove were a study in contrasts. I had various dealings over the years with Noyce and Grove, but have met Moore only twice.  They… Read More


The Integrated Circuit

The Integrated Circuit
by Daniel Nenni on 06-10-2019 at 5:00 am

The “20 Questions with John East” series continues

Noyce and the rest of the traitorous eight left Shockley without a clue as to what they would do next.  They believed in semiconductors and knew that they were the very best semiconductor guys in the world.  Their hope was to find a company who would hire them en masse.  After some false… Read More


The Genius Sperm Bank

The Genius Sperm Bank
by Daniel Nenni on 06-03-2019 at 5:00 am

The “20 Questions with John East” series continues

How did it happen?  How did Fairchild transform over a decade into the “off with their heads” culture?  To understand that, you need to know a little about the William Shockley story. William Shockley was born in London in 1910.  He moved to Silicon Valley when he was 3.  Of course,… Read More


Off with their heads!

Off with their heads!
by Daniel Nenni on 05-29-2019 at 8:00 am

The “20 Questions with John East” series continues

I started out as a supervisor in the wafer sort and class area.  Today you’d call those probe and final test.  My first boss, a man named Les Faerber who I had never met,  met me in the lobby,  got a smock for me,  took me into the test area and introduced me to the ladies (All the operators… Read More


20 Questions with John East

20 Questions with John East
by Daniel Nenni on 05-21-2019 at 10:00 am

John East retired from Actel Corporation in November 2010 in conjunction with the transaction in which Actel was purchased by Microsemi Corporation.  He had served as the CEO of Actel for 22 years at the time of his retirement.  Previously, he was a senior vice president of AMD, where he was responsible for the Logic Products Group.… Read More