Season 25 Episode 3 | 1h 23m 11s
Led by physicist Robert Noyce, Fairchild Semiconductor began as a start-up company whose radical innovations would help make the United States a leader in both space exploration and the personal computer revolution, changing the way the world works, plays, and communicates. Noyce's invention of the microchip ultimately re-shaped the future, launching the world into the Information Age.
Expired: 12/15/15Video has closed captioning.
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Robert Noyce sees the technical reports on the transistor and knew it was the future.
Silicon Valley scientists met at The Wagon Wheel for drinks, networking, and camaraderie.
The digital revolution officially began in 1971 with the invention of the microprocessor.
For Season 25 of American Experience, exclusive corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance, major funding by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS stations.