The Roundup: Federico Faggin’s birthday news extras

Faggin might be best known for leading the design of the Intel 4004, 8008 and 8080 microprocessors.

Dr Faggin

Today is the birthday of Italian-American physicist, engineer, inventor and entrepreneur, Dr Federico Faggin. Born in Vicenza, Italy, in 1941, Faggin graduated with a doctorate in physics from the University of Padua in 1965. Three years later, he joined Fairchild Semiconductor in Palo Alto, California, where he developed the original silicon gate technology (SGT).

Faggin is best known, though, for leading the development of the first commercial microprocessor, the Intel 4004. He went on to head development of the Intel 8008 and 8080, also based on SGT. Later, Fagin went on to co-found Zilog, leading the development of the Zilog Z80 and Z8 processors. With a past so glittering, it would be easy to overlook Faggin’s subsequent co-founding of and stewardship of Cygnet Technologies, and then Synaptics.

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