Legacy

“Messrs. Hoff and Faggin say, Mr. Holt’s chips wouldn’t have changed history, even if anyone had known about them.”  Wall Street Journal, September 22, 1998

In spite of the above quotation made by the designers of the Intel 4004 (designed two years after the F-14 microprocessor) many people involved in the F-14 project were able to continue to apply their experience gained from this project and to richly contribute to the future growth and innovation in the computer and semiconductor fields.  Contrary to the opinions of the Intel designers there are other people and companies that contributed to the success of the microprocessor industry. Intel markets like it was the only company in the microprocessor and memory design field.  It is quite apparent that Intel was not and still is not aware of the great contributions of other great engineers that contributed to the industry BEFORE and AFTER the 4004 development.  Here are examples of the contributions of some of those that worked on the F-14 microprocessor from 1968-70.

Ken Rose (AMI) continued his work in the cryptographic field for the Department of Defense.

Tom Redfern (Garrett AiResearch) continued his work with National Semiconductor in CMOS design and was selected as the first National Fellows for design excellence.

Jim Kawakami (AMI) continued his work with AMD and became a top innovator and leader in microprocessor design.

Brian Schubert (AMI) continued his work with AMD and Intel in graphics chip design and is leading the Intel Graphics Division.

John Reed (AMI) continued his work at Intel as a premium memory designer contributing to the success of Intel’s future, probably  more so that most of the designers on the 4004 team.  John Reed was once part of the Intel 1103 memory design team. Reed now heads The Reed Company.

Jay Miner (AMI) left AMI in 1970 and joined Altair and became the father of the Amiga. I would say that is probably the single most important contribution of most designers in the entire industry.  Jay’s other contributions are mentioned at Wikipedia.

Ray Holt (see Ray’s Resume) not only designed several other microprocessor, co-founded Microcomputer Associates, Inc. and co-published the industry’s first magazine, The Microcomputer Digest, he was a contributor at most technical trade shows. He also was hired by Intel in 1974, along with Mr Manny Lemas, to travel the USA teaching engineers how to program the 4004, 8008, 8080 and PL/M language.  The big reason for this was that, and I quote, “We are having a difficult time selling the products because engineers are not familiar with programming their design.”  It might be safe to say the Mr Ray Holt and Mr Manny Lemas were big contributors to the success of the sales of the Intel 4004, 8008, 8080 and PL/M. Mr Gary Kildall, designer of PL/M and later CP/M was also a course instructor.


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