Promotional Film From The Sixties – Fairchild Briefing on Integrated Circuits

As promotional videos go, this is rather interesting. Very detailed and an interesting look at the burgeoning technology of the sixties. Below is a quote from the video description on YouTube:

[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 film.

Pretty neat stuff, brought to you by The Computer History Museum.

Jonathan Hardy, KB1KIX, is a regular contributor to and writes from Connecticut, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

One Response to “Promotional Film From The Sixties – Fairchild Briefing on Integrated Circuits”

  • Jim Tripp, WA6DIJ:

    Thanks for that video…what a flashback to the time I started in the semiconductor business in 1969. The technology was pretty much the same as in this video. We were still using 1.75″ wafers but soon stepped up to 2.0″ wafers. Today the semi companies are using 12 inch and larger!

    I spent my career as a Linear IC Test Development Engineer, initially working for National Semiconductor, a Fairchild spin-off….as were most companies in the 60’s and 70’s. So when they talk about the three steps in making an IC, Design, Fabrication, and Testing, the equipment they show looks very familiar to and ancient to me!

    We have come a long way since that time!

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