Fairchild Semiconductor

Fairchild Semiconductor

Global supplier of high performance power, electronics, analog, and optoelectronics products. Acquired by ON Semiconductor in 2016.

Fairchild Semiconductor was founded in 1957 as only the third company in what later became Silicon Valley. The company manufactured high performance power, electronics, analog, and optoelectronics products including transistors and integrated circuits.

In 1959, Fairchild researchers led by Robert Noyce invented the integrated circuit, which was the first whole circuit that could be made on a single chip using silicon. On April 25th, 1961, the US patent office awarded Noyce with the first patent for an integrated circuit, spurring Fairchild to grow from 12 employees to 12,000 employees within a couple of years.

Many of Fairchild's founders went on to establish other companies, helping Silicon Valley to become what it is today.

After Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore left in 1968 and founded Intel, Fairchild faded away from the forefront of the semiconductor industry for several decades. The company returned to relevancy in 1997 after going through a leveraged buyout, as they began acquiring other tech companies and developing new products.

In September of 2016, Fairchild Semiconductor was acquired by ON Semiconductor. The integration of the two companies was completed on October 30th, 2017.

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Aditya Agrawal

Employee

Albert Markowski

Employee

Ali Husain

Employee

Allan Schiffman

Employee

Andrew Cohen

Employee

Andrew Moore

Employee

Anindita Bhattacharya

Employee

Arvind Ravishunkar

Employee

Bennett Brooks

Employee

Bernadet Quiles

Employee

Bijan (Seyed) Javadi

Employee

Bo Peng

Employee

Brian McMinn

Employee

Candice Brown Elliott

Employee

Caroline Lee

Employee

Charles Poulin

Employee

Cydney Runions

Employee

Daniel Pruessner

Employee

Darren Larsen

Employee

David McIntyre

Employee

Dean Putney

Employee

Dean Raby

Employee

Dibyendu Rana

Employee

Dixie Dunn

Employee

Elle Lorrie Marfia

Employee

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Further reading

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Robert Noyce and Fairchild Semiconductor

Leslie R Berlin

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Graham Singer
December 12, 2019
TechSpot
#ThrowBackThursday The PC business as we know it owes itself to an environment of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and happenstance. The invention of the microprocessor, DRAM, and EPROM integrated circuits would help bring computing to the mainstream. This 5-part series explores the history of personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.

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