Partnering with engineer and businessman Gordon Moore, physicist Robert Noyce co-founded Intel in Mountain View, California on this day in 1968. Noyce started Intel less than a decade after obtaining a patent for the microchip, a groundbreaking moment in the history of computer science. Microchips replaced transistors, allowing for smaller and faster machines, fueling the personal computer revolution. Microchips quickly became the industry standard — and they were made using monocrystalline silicon — giving Silicon Valley its name. Under Noyce’s guidance, Intel later invented the microprocessor, another essential building block for computer processing.
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