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With Federico Faggin (Italian Physicist).
Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 06:00 PM   Absolutely Free
Italian Cultural Institute of New York, 686 Park Ave

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The second talk of the series is with Federico Faggin, an Italian physicist, inventor & entrepreneur, widely known for designing the first commercial microprocessor (1971) & leading the design group of the 4004 (MCS-4) project, during the first five years of Intel's microprocessor effort. Most importantly, in 1968, while working at Fairchild Semiconductor, he had also created the self-aligned MOS silicon gate technology (SGT), that made possible dynamic memories, non-volatile memories, CCD image sensors, & the microprocessor.
In addition, he further developed at Intel his original SGT into a new methodology for random logic chip design that was essential to the creation of the world's first single chip microprocessor & all other early Intel microprocessors. He was co-founder (with Ralph Ungermann) & CEO of Zilog, the first company solely dedicated to microprocessors. He was also co-founder & CEO of Cygnet Technologies & of Synaptics.

He received the 2009 National Medal of Technology & Innovation, the highest honor the United States confers for achievements related to technological progress. In 2011, Faggin founded the Federico & Elvia Faggin Foundation to support the scientific study of consciousness at US universities & research institutes. In 2015, the Faggin Foundation helped to establish a $1 million endowment for the Faggin Family Presidential Chair in the Physics of Information at UC Santa Cruz to promote the study of "fundamental questions at the interface of physics & related fields including mathematics, complex systems, biophysics, & cognitive science, with the unifying theme of information in physics."
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