Semiconductor Industry Trivia Quiz

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Semiconductor Industry Trivia Quiz

Take this trivia quiz to see how knowledgeable you are in the history of the chip industry. The longer your career in the chip industry, the more likely you will score well. This test was developed by Steve Szirom at InsideChips. Com.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Intelligent Network Company

    • B. 

      Intel

    • C. 

      NM Electronics

    • D. 

      The Intelligentsia

    • E. 

      Microchip

  • 2. 
    The founding of Silicon Valley has its roots with the 'Traitorous Eight' leaving this company to form Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957. Which company was it?
    • A. 

      Shockley Semiconductor

    • B. 

      Westinghouse

    • C. 

      GE

    • D. 

      RCA

    • E. 

      Los Alamos

  • 3. 
    Which captain of industry made this statement: 'Semiconductors are the crude oil of the electronics industry' ?
    • A. 

      Charlie Sporck

    • B. 

      Jerry Sanders

    • C. 

      Jack Kilby

    • D. 

      Jack Gifford

    • E. 

      Robert Noyce

  • 4. 
    Who coined the term 'Silicon Valley' ?
    • A. 

      Don Hoefler

    • B. 

      Jerry Sanders

    • C. 

      Alvin Toffler

    • D. 

      David Packard

    • E. 

      William Hewlett

  • 5. 
    What is the name of the infamous bar in Silicon Valley where chip secrets were spilled, rumors flowed and companies were hatched on napkins?
    • A. 

      Walker's Wagon Wheel

    • B. 

      Silicon Valley Lounge

    • C. 

      Jake's Silicon Grill

    • D. 

      The Lion and Compass

    • E. 

      Murphy's Law

  • 6. 
    How many transistors did the first Intel MPU, the 4004, have?
    • A. 

      275

    • B. 

      1,100

    • C. 

      6,500

    • D. 

      2,300

    • E. 

      12,000

  • 7. 
    Who is generally credited with the title of 'father of the fabless industry' ?
    • A. 

      Henry Nicholas

    • B. 

      T.J. Rodgers

    • C. 

      Gordon Campbell

    • D. 

      Henry Samueli

    • E. 

      Suhas Patil

  • 8. 
    Who designed the Zilog Z-80 -- probably one of the most popular microprocessors of all time?
    • A. 

      Frederico Faggin

    • B. 

      Ted Hoff

    • C. 

      Robert Noyce

    • D. 

      Carver Mead

    • E. 

      Julius Blank

  • 9. 
    Who invented the integrated circuit and received a Nobel Price for it later?
    • A. 

      Jean Horni

    • B. 

      Julius Blank

    • C. 

      Robert Noyce

    • D. 

      John Bardeen

    • E. 

      Jack Kilby

  • 10. 
    Before the integrated circuit, the transistor, was invented. What was the year?
    • A. 

      1947

    • B. 

      1929

    • C. 

      1937

    • D. 

      1943

    • E. 

      1919

  • 11. 
    Who designed the first integrated op-amp, the bipolar Fairchild µA709, which became popular and widely available in the 1960s?
    • A. 

      Ted Hoff

    • B. 

      Bob Swanson

    • C. 

      Eugene Kleiner

    • D. 

      Bob Vidlar

    • E. 

      Jack Perkins

  • 12. 
    • A. 

      VeriChip

    • B. 

      Intel

    • C. 

      STMicroelectronics

    • D. 

      ATMEL

    • E. 

      Analog Devices

  • 13. 
    Who is credited for making an important empirical observation in 1965 that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit for minimum component cost doubles every 24 months?
    • A. 

      Gordon Moore

    • B. 

      Robert Noyce

    • C. 

      Jerry Sanders

    • D. 

      Andy Grove

    • E. 

      Jack Gifford

  • 14. 
    Who is generally recognized as being the godfather of the venture capital industry which became part of the high-tech silicon valley landscape?
    • A. 

      Don Valentine

    • B. 

      Tom Perkins

    • C. 

      Floyd Kvamme

    • D. 

      Frank Caufield

    • E. 

      Robert Kleiner

  • 15. 
    Who developed the 555 analog timer IC which became one of the most widely used chips in the semiconductor industry?
    • A. 

      Hans Camenzind

    • B. 

      Pierre Lamonde

    • C. 

      Chuck Harwood

    • D. 

      Bill Holt

    • E. 

      Wilf Corrigan