Forum: µC & Digital Electronics A Briefing on Integrated Circuits (promotional/educational Film by Fairchild Semiconductor Corp.)

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[Recorded: October, 1967]
This half hour color promotional/educational film on the integrated 
circuit was produced and sponsored by Fairchild Semiconductor 
Corporation and first shown on television on October 11, 1967. In the 
film, Dr. Harry Sello and Dr. Jim Angell describe the integrated circuit 
(IC), discuss its design and development process, and offer examples of 
late 1960s uses of IC technology.
Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation was one of the most influential 
early high-tech companies. Founded in Palo Alto California in 1957 by 
eight scientists and engineers from Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory, 
Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation was funded by Fairchild Camera and 
Instrument Corporation of Syossett, New York. Rapidly establishing 
itself as a technology innovator based on its invention of the planar 
manufacturing process in 1959, the company developed the first 
monolithic integrated circuit, the first CMOS device, and numerous other 
technical and business innovations. French oil field services company 
Schlumberger Limited purchased Fairchild in 1979 and sold a much 
weakened business to National Semiconductor in 1987. In 1997 National 
divested a group, formed as the present Fairchild Semiconductor, in a 
leveraged buy-out. The company re-emerged as a public entity based in 
South Portland, Maine in 1999 under the corporate name Fairchild 
Semiconductor International, Inc.

Fairchild Semiconductor presented its new products and technologies with 
an entrepreneurial style, and its early manufacturing and marketing 
techniques helped give Californias Santa Clara County a new name: 
Silicon Valley. It was one of the early forerunners of what would become 
a worldwide high-tech industry, as evidenced in this short promotional 



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