The Birth Of Silicon Valley

Stretching along the peninsula southwest of San Francisco Bay, Silicon Valley is a breeding ground for high-tech startups. But in its early years, the area was nurtured by something relatively new: venture capital. A look at the innovators and key moments that shaped Silicon Valley.

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Fairchild's first microchip combined four transistors, six resistors and their interconnecting wires onto a single sliver of silicon, in 1960. This is part of a graphical timeline traces the history of Silicon Valley, from the early days in the Hewlett-Packard garage to the 1970s. (Copyright Fairchild. Used by permission/Image courtesy of the Computer History Museum)

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