Fairchild founder Julius Blank dies, aged 86

The engineer responsible for the creation of the first production line for silicon-based integrated circuits, Julius Blank, has died aged 86.

Blank was one of eight founders of Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation, a Palo Alto company which developed the processes for mass production of the components that make modern technology possible.

Using little more than spare parts and improvised equipment, Blank and his colleagues created the precursor of the giant semiconductor plants of Intel, AMD, Texas Instruments, Samsung and the like today.

The New York Times, reporting on Blank’s death, has an interesting history of the corporation with a few names you might recognise, including Intel co-founders Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore.

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