IT & Network Infrastructure : Birthday Bash Marks 50 Years of Integrated Circuit Evolution
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 circuitwhich 50 years later runs the business worldcame 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 computingthe data processor. Following are some photo highlights of the event.