Silicon Valley:American Experience- Tues., Feb. 5 at 9p on WOSU TV

On October 4, 1957  some of the young founders of a new semiconductor company were busy talking to silicon suppliers, hounding realtors for office space, shopping for desks and poring over the names of young PhDs they hoped to poach from rival companies when they heard the shocking news: the Soviet Union had just launched the first artificial satellite into orbit around the earth. The group’s leader, Robert Noyce, watched Sputnik flash across the darkened sky. In telling the story of Noyce and the integrated circuit, this film looks at the monumental impact the microchip had on modern life and reveals the pivotal role Noyce played in transforming a fertile farmland into the hub of technological ingenuity we now know as Silicon Valley.

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