Andy Grove Helped Make Intel the Dominant Chip Maker It Is Today

By Jeff Burt  |  Posted 2016-03-23

Andy Grove, who in 1968 became Intel's first employee after being hired by founders Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce and later led the company as CEO, died this week at age 79. He leaves behind a company that is now the world's largest chip maker and a stalwart in the tech industry. Grove escaped Hungary as a 20-year-old after living through first the Nazi occupation and then communist rule. He came to the United States, eventually earning his Ph.D. in chemical engineering before being hired at Fairchild Semiconductor in 1963. Five years later, Moore and Noyce, also Fairchild employees, left to launch Intel, and soon after they hired Grove. He would stay with Intel for decades, eventually becoming president in 1979 and then CEO in 1987 before stepping down, though he remained its chairman until 2004. Grove played a central role in the evolution of Intel, from getting the company to manufacture PC chips to helping forge the company's close ties to Microsoft. His view was that a component inside the PC is as important as the PC itself, a move illustrated by the now-familiar "Intel Inside" marketing pitch. This eWEEK slide show touches on a few of the highlights of his time with Intel.


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