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1 Andy Grove and his role in Intels SuccessWhen I think of Intel I think of Andrew Grove That may be due to my age and the fact that I was too young in 1968 to know that Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce pioneers in the semiconductor industry had left Fairchild Semiconductor to form Intel Corporation But I believe that my association of Grove with Intel is due more to the tremendous influence that he has had on the company as the official and unofficial overseer of Intels internal operations from the beginning Even though he did not join Intels executive committee until 1976 and did not become CEO until 1987 it is clear that he has been the leader at Intel since the beginning He has constantly pushed the collective company envelope with big hairy audacious goals to produce better and faster chips that ultimately have been some of the primary drivers of the computer industryIntels first goal was to replace magnetic-core computer memories with semiconductor memories Their objective and early vision initially shaped by Gordon Moore was to dominate any market in which they participated They would set out to accomplish this internally by buying options which allowed them to systematically explore various alternatives This approach gave them flexibility but also created internal competition which played a strong role in shaping the culture of Intel I believe that Moore who felt that the semiconductor business lived on the brink of disaster also was a very strong influence on Grove Grove seemed to carry on Moores Law that approximately every three years a new generation of chips must be developed with four times the capacity of their predecessorsThe companys first SRAM chip the 1101 came out in 1969 but Intel was constantly driven to change the industry Moore Noyce and Grove were never satisfied long They initiated a drive within the company to produce a DRAM chip with four times the capacity of the
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