The Computer Society: Science: The Numbers Game

From a roomful of knitting ladies to a superchilled "brain "

For the young electronics engineer at the newly formed Intel Corp., it was a challenging assignment. Fresh out of Stanford University, where he had been a research as sociate, M.E. ("Ted") Hoff in 1969 was placed in charge of producing a set of miniature components for programmable desk top calculators that a Japanese firm planned to market. After studying the circuitry proposed by the Japanese designers, the shy, self-effacing Hoff knew that he had a problem. As he recalls: "The calculators required a large number of chips, all of them quite...

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