Letter from the Archives: Robert Noyce Resigns from Fairchild

23 days before founding Intel with Gordon Moore, Noyce penned the following letter to Sherman Fairchild.

Forty-five years ago today, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore started a small Silicon Valley start-up they called Intel, a moniker designed to speak to what the new company was setting out to do: integrated electronics.

Just twenty-three days earlier, on June 25, Noyce had formally tendered his resignation at Fairchild Semiconductor amid what the San Jose Mercury News called “a wave of inexplicable executive resignations over the last year.” Moore resigned from the company July 3, 1968.

The following letter from the Intel archives provides an interesting glimpse into Noyce’s frame of mind just weeks before the two founded Intel on July 18. Among other things, he laments the growing size of the company and the associated administrative work, and longs to find or start a new smaller company, which is trying to develop a technology no one else has done. It’s an interesting read, republished below in its entirety.

Robert Noyce Fairchild Resignation Letter Page 1

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Letter from the Archives: Robert Noyce Resigns from Fairchild

23 days before founding Intel with Gordon Moore, Noyce penned the following letter to Sherman Fairchild.

Forty-five years ago today, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore started a small Silicon Valley start-up they called Intel, a moniker designed to speak to what the new company was setting out to do: integrated electronics.

Just twenty-three days earlier, on June 25, Noyce had formally tendered his resignation at Fairchild Semiconductor amid what the San Jose Mercury News called “a wave of inexplicable executive resignations over the last year.” Moore resigned from the company July 3, 1968.

The following letter from the Intel archives provides an interesting glimpse into Noyce’s frame of mind just weeks before the two founded Intel on July 18. Among other things, he laments the growing size of the company and the associated administrative work, and longs to find or start a new smaller company, which is trying to develop a technology no one else has done. It’s an interesting read, republished below in its entirety.

Robert Noyce Fairchild Resignation Letter Page 1

Robert Noyce Fairchild Resignation Letter Page 2