A chat with industry luminary Gordon MooreHEXUS had the opportunity to sit in and listen to an engaging interview with genial Gordon Moore, Intel's co-founder.
How did Intel come about?Gordon was working under William Shockley at the Shockley Semiconductor Labs but left to join Fairchild Semiconductor, along with 7 other 'traitors', in 1957. Another of the supposed traitors was Robert Noyce, who was consistently overlooked for promotion. Bob decided to leave and Gordon, being a sympathetic chap, left in sympathy.
Bob and Gordon saw that a profitable opportunity existed in engineering and production of semiconductor memory. Intel was formed by the two in 1968. Gordon admitted that Intel got pretty lucky when they pioneered research into silicon-gate MOS and SDRAM memory, surmounting early problems, and made hay whilst other established companies looked elsewhere for profits. Intel had a monopoly on silicon-gate MOS for 7 years, Gordon beamed.