Federico Faggin

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Date of Birth December 1, 1941
Place of Birth Vicenza, Italy
Age 78 years old
Horoscope Sagittarius

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Federico Faggin

Federico Faggin is an Italian-American physicist, engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. He is best known for designing the first commercial microprocessor, the Intel 4004. He led the 4004 project and the design group during the first five years of Intel's microprocessor effort. Faggin also created, while working at Fairchild Semiconductor in 1968, the self-aligned MOS silicon-gate technology, which made possible MOS semiconductor memory chips, CCD image sensors, and the microprocessor. After the 4004, he led development of the Intel 8008 and 8080, using his SGT methodology for random logic chip design, which was essential to the creation of early Intel microprocessors. He was co-founder and CEO of Zilog, the first company solely dedicated to microprocessors, and led the development of the Zilog Z80 and Z8 processors. He was later the co-founder and CEO of Cygnet Technologies, and then Synaptics.

Born: December 01, 1941, Vicenza, Italy
Citizenship: Italian, American
Fields: physics, electrical engineering
Institutions: SGS Fairchild, Fairchild Semiconductor, Intel, Zilog, Synaptics, Foveon
Alma mater: University of Padua (Laurea in Physics, 1965)
Known for: MOS silicon-gate technology, Intel 4004, Intel 8080, Zilog Z80, Synaptics Touchpad, Touchscreen
Notable awards: Marconi Prize (1988), W. Wallace McDowell Award (1994), Kyoto Prize (1997), National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2009), Computer History Museum Fellow (2009), Enrico Fermi Prize by IFS (2014)
Children: one daughter (b. 1970) and two sons (b. 1979 and 1980)

About Federico Faggin

Physicist who was the designer of the first microchip, the Intel 4004. He founded the first microprocessor company, Zilog.

Before Fame

He immigrated to the U.S. to work for Fairchild Semiconductor.


His initials were emblazoned across every Intel 4004 microprocessor.

Family Life

His father bought him a Meccano set after seeing his inclination toward engineering.


He was a winner of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2009. Steven Jobs was an inaugural winner of the same award.

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