the Traitorous Eight

Fairchild Semi was founded by 8 key ex employees of Shockley Semiconductor and about a decade later the pattern repeated as 8 key employees left Fairchild Semi to form competing company AMD. 


House of the rising sun

Hitachi's logo was inspired by Japans imperial rising sun flag. The name Hitachi is actually comprised of the two words hi meaning “sun” and tachi meaning “rise”. 


Fab house holds a full house and folds

Mostek makes a Mistake. In age when Jobs and Wozniak were founding Apple , one company owned rights to the processors used in both the Apple and the IBM computers. In fact Mostek had secured the rights to every microprocessor family of importance, including the the Zilog Z80, Intel x86, and Mot 68000. However, Mostek did very little to leaverage their position and after years of financial troubles, would eventually be forced to sell out. 

Itallian company, Thomson acted quickly purchasing Mostek and immediately opened several lawsuits around their newly acquired intellectual property portfolio. Thomson went on collected over $430 million in royalties. That same year, the semiconductor division of Thomson merged with SGS Microelecttronica to become STMicroelectronics.

FSC gives birth to rival twins AMD and Intel

Within a two year period, both Intel and AMD were started by small groups of rogue FSC employees who relied on one another to gain market share against FSC. 

Droris race to the finish

The worlds quickest engineer took Tesla to the finish line! Racecar driver Ze'ev Drori was previously an engineer at FSC and the founder of MMI Monolythic Memories. The rubber hit the road in 2007 when Drori became CEO of Tesla Motors and earned the title as the man who turned around Tesla. 

headcold freezes the industry

One mans head cold froze the entire industry!   Unbeknownst to one another, all chip makers used the same diamond-tipped saws to slice ignots into silicon wafers. As it turns out, only one man was producing all of these saws in his garage and in the 70's, he took some sick days off,  interupting the entire global chip supply market. 

three chestnuts roasting over open fire

The Mitsubishi logo is nuts! three chestnuts, to be exact.   "mitsu" translates to "three" and "bishi"  translates to "water chestnut" or "rhombus".  The logo is three diamond chestnuts

the Sanyo and Matsushita family

Sanyo and Matsushita are related by mariage ( or founders are) !  The owner of Sanyo got started in the his brother in-law's plant ….Matsushita

the Next Experience

A group of competitors came together in a venture to begin the Next eXPerience, and would call this experience the NXP

Motor Viola

Back in the days when radios were still Violas, a small company ventured to make a Viola that was compatible with Motor Vehicles. They received the reputation for Motor Viola and would soon after take on the name Motorola. 


Noise is a good thing

Gordon and Robert made a fortune selling more noise !   Moor Noyce was the original desired name for Intel but after some careful consideration, founders Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce, agreed that it might be better to just abbreviate as MN Electronics. Still unsatisfied, they moved to the name Integrated Electronics Corporation and eventually shortened it to INTEL. 

Mayor of Silicon Valley

At just 30yrs old, the legendary Robert Norton Noyce, AKA the "Mayor of Silicon Valley", co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor and only a decade later founded the Intel Corporation