First Integrated Circuit
This marker stands before a very modest and nondescript structure. However future generations may well consider it of greater significance than Plymouth Rock. It reads;
FIRST COMMERCIALLY PRACTICABLE INTEGRATED CIRCUIT
At this site in 1959, Dr. Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation invented the first integrated circuit that could be produced commercially. Based on ‘planar’ technology, an earlier Fairchild breakthrough, Noyce’s invention consisted of a complete electronic circuit inside a small silicon chip. His innovation helped revolutionize ‘Silicon Valley’s’ semiconductor electronics industry, and brought profound change to the lives of people everywhere.
California Registered Historical Landmark No. 1000
Plaque Placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Intel Corporation. August 9, 1991
I consider this to be the true birthplace of Silicon Valley.
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