Fairchild Semiconductor Celebrates 50th Anniversary in October
–Company Luminaries and Alumni Gather to Honor and Explore Fairchild's Impact on the World–
Celebrating the legendary company that started Silicon Valley and spawned the semiconductor industry, approximately 2,000 Fairchild Semiconductor alumni, known as “Fairchildren”, and their guests will gather at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, October 4–6, 2007.
A three-day celebration/reunion will commemorate the golden anniversary of Fairchild Semiconductor's 1957 founding. Alumni volunteers, who have been planning the events for the past two years with help from descendent company Fairchild Semiconductor, hope to alert the approximately 50,000 Fairchild alumni around the world who may not have heard about the Fairchild@50 celebration.
Celebration events include a “Legacy of Fairchild” panel with Gordon Moore, Jerry Sanders and Wilf Corrigan, and moderator Floyd Kvamme, to explore the lasting impact of Fairchild Semiconductor on Silicon Valley and the world. Eight other panels include storytelling sessions to capture Fairchild’s people, products, technology, culture and business highlights. The sessions cover the Founding Years, Digital Bipolar, MOS, Linear, Manufacturing, Marketing & Sales and International. The Fairchild@50 events will culminate in a gala celebration at the Museum, where alums will reconnect with many old friends. Fairchildren and other interested people can view event details, sign up as alumni and order tickets online at www.fairchildat50.org.
As one of the most influential early high-tech companies in Silicon Valley and around the world, Fairchild Semiconductor contributed technology and business breakthroughs that ushered in the semiconductor age and today's digital revolution. On the technology front, Fairchild Semiconductor's invention of the planar process and the integrated circuit revolutionized production of semiconductor devices and led to today's billion-transistor chips.
Fairchild Semiconductor pioneered its new products and technologies with an entrepreneurial style, and its manufacturing and marketing techniques reshaped Silicon Valley and the worldwide high-tech industry. The company also introduced management-style innovations such as ultimately rewarding employees with stock options and decentralizing semiconductor device manufacturing facilities to locations around the world.
In addition, its volume manufacturing and electronic design automation (EDA) efforts fueled the growth and development of these semiconductor market segments, and spawned hundreds of new companies in all aspects of the high-tech industry—including Intel, AMD, National, LSI Logic, VLSI Technology, Intersil, Altera and Xilinx, to name a few. Several venture capital firms also were formed by Fairchild executives, including Sequoia Capital; and Kleiner Perkins, Caulfield & Byers which, in turn, helped finance new semiconductor spin-off companies and high-tech as we know it today.
For Fairchild@50 event information, please visit: www.fairchildat50.org.