IT & Network Infrastructure : Birthday Bash Marks 50 Years of Integrated Circuit Evolution

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-05-13 Print this article Print
Birthday Bash Marks 50 Years of Integrated Circuit Evolution

Birthday Bash Marks 50 Years of Integrated Circuit Evolution

by Chris Preimesberger
The evening of May 8, 2009, turned out to be a time of smiles and handshakes, remembrances of times gone by and glimpses of legendary IT pioneers at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Drs. Gordon Moore and Jay Last, two of the founders of Fairchild Semiconductory in 1957 and each a true icon in the IT world, spoke to a capacity audience and offered insight about how the integrated circuit—which 50 years later runs the business world—came to be. The event, which commemorated the publication of Robert Noyce's 1959 paper describing the first working silicon-based processor, attracted several hundred people and closed out a week's worth of events commemorating the anniversary of the single most important component in computing—the data processor. Following are some photo highlights of the event.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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