Commemorative Display Marks Shockley Labs Building

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February 27 Panel Discussion Will Discuss the Legacy of Shockley Semiconductor; Presented by the Computer History Museum and SEMI

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - February 26, 2006 -- Civic and industry leaders gathered at a produce market on Sunday to mark the birthplace of Silicon Valley.

In February 1956, William Bradford Shockley, inventor of the junction transistor and Nobel Prize winner, joined Arnold O. Beckman, founder and CEO of Beckman Instruments, to formally announce the establishment of the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory in Mountain View, California.

To mark the 50th anniversary of Shockley Labs, a commemorative display was unveiled today by Stanley Myers, president and CEO of SEMI, and Nick Galiotto, the Mayor of the City of Mountain View.

“SEMI is pleased to have provided support for the design and creation of this commemorative display marking the birthplace of Silicon Valley,” said Myers of SEMI. “The pioneering work done by the scientists, engineers and technicians at Shockley Labs and other early device makers really laid the foundations for the formation of the semiconductor equipment and materials industry.”

The display panel, located in the original Shockley Labs building at 391 San Antonio Road, Mountain View -- now a produce market -- celebrates the technical achievements of the scientists and engineers who worked in the building during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

In September 1957, a group of eight Shockley employees, led by Robert Noyce and later referred to as the “traitorous eight,” resigned to form Fairchild Semiconductor. Over the subsequent decades Fairchild spawned scores of spin-offs that helped create the semiconductor and high-tech industry in Silicon Valley.

The legacy of the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory and the origins of the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley will be explored in a panel discussion at the Computer History Museum on February 27. “The Rise of Silicon Valley: From Shockley Labs to Fairchild Semiconductor,” is presented jointly by the Computer History Museum and SEMI. To register, visit

SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


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