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Video sheds light on origins of Silicon Valley

Original post made on May 8, 2009

Mountain View's Computer History Museum has posted a 15-minute documentary on YouTube illustrating how a dispute in a Mountain View lab 51 years ago helped give birth to Silicon Valley.

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Posted by H. K. Woodward
a resident of Waverly Park
on May 8, 2009 at 8:30 pm

I recently suggested the following equation as a simple definition of the formation of Silicon Valley:

S + F+ WW = SiV


S is the Shockley "traitorous eight" semiconductor technologists,

F is Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corp. initial seed money for S in forming Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957,

WW is Walker's Wagon Wheel bar on Middlefield in Mountain View where semiconductor people met and business plans were formulated during the decade of the 60's, and

SiV is Silicon Valley as so known by 1970 thanks to Don C. Hoefler of Electronic News paper.