Two IEEE Milestone Events on August 15, 2018


Please join us to celebrate two very significant upcoming events.


IEEE Milestone Dedication: The Birthplace of Silicon Valley, 1956″ (Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory)

This event will include the unveiling of an IEEE Milestone bronze plaque by IEEE President James Jefferies, and this plaque is actually installed in a larger plaque that includes extensive historical information about Shockley, Fairchild, and the “Fairchildren.” The event’s featured speaker is Stanford University’s Jim Gibbons. It will take place at Mountain View’s San Antonio Village, which in part replaced the original site of the Shockley Lab building at 391 San Antonio Road. The site includes a Technology Plaza with a Silicon Crystal Fountain, and the fountain incorporates a Silicon Module Sculpture as well as the Moore’s Law Milestone plaque that will be dedicated at the evening event. There is also a Monument Area with sculptures depicting the silicon devices made at Shockley Labs, and this area is where the large plaque that includes the Birthplace Milestone plaque is located.

This is a free event. Registration is required (limit on number of attendees). Register now

Note: The citation for this IEEE Milestone plaque is provided below.

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IEEE Milestone Dedication: “Moore’s Law, 1965” 

IEEE Milestone Dedication: “Moore’s Law, 1965”

This event at the Computer History Museum (CHM) will start with the unveiling of an IEEE Milestone bronze plaque for Moore’s Law by IEEE 2017 President Karen Bartleson. This will be followed by a discussion titled “Tomorrow’s Computers: More Moore?” which will include a panel from Intel and DARPA discussing the future of semiconductors and how we view Moore’s Law. The moderator for this discussion will be David Brock, Director of the Center for Software History at the CHM and co-author of the book Moore’s Law.

This is a free Computer History Museum event. Registration is required (limit on number of attendees). Register now

Note: The citation for this IEEE Milestone plaque is provided below.


7:00 PM – Welcome remarks by Computer History Museum CEO Dan’l Lewin
7:03 PM – Karen Bartleson gives remarks and unveils IEEE Milestone plaque
7:05 PM – David Brock (Software Director, Computer History Museum) will play a short “What is Moore’s Law” video
7:10 PM – David Brock leads discussion about the status of Moore’s Law, the limits of silicon, and the emerging alternative technologies that will shape the future of computing with Mark Bohr (Senior Fellow, Intel) and William Chappell (Director of Microsystmes Technology Office at DARPA)
8:00 PM – Audience Q&A begins
8:30 PM – Program ends



The Birthplace of Silicon Valley, 1956

At this location, 391 San Antonio Road, the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory manufactured the first silicon devices in what became known as Silicon Valley. Some of the talented scientists and engineers initially employed there left to found their own companies, leading to the birth of the silicon electronics industry in the region. Hundreds of firms in electronics and computing can trace their origins back to Shockley Semiconductor.

Moore’s Law, 1965

Gordon E. Moore, co-founder of Fairchild and Intel, began his work in silicon microelectronics at Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory in 1956. His 1965 prediction at Fairchild Semiconductor, subsequently known as “Moore’s Law,” that the number of components on an integrated circuit will increase exponentially with time while cost per function decreases, guided the industry’s contributions to advances in electronics and computing for more than fifty years.