• 1937 October 28
    (b.) - ?


one of the inventors of the microprocessor. Hoff, an engineer, joined Intel in 1967 as employee number 12, and is credited with coming up with the idea of a universal processor instead of custom-designed circuits. His insight started the microprocessor revolution in the early 1970s. Commonly, he is credited with having invented the microprocessor in 1971, although he proposed the architectural idea and an instruction set formulated with Stanley Mazor in 1969, and Federico Faggin independently created the innovative silicon design, essential to the realization of the microprocessor, in 1970?1971. In 1985, Hoff was named the first Intel Fellow, the highest technical position in the company. He stayed in that position until 1988. He gained his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1958. He received his first two patents while working during his undergraduate college summers for the General Railway Signal Corp. of Rochester, New York. He then received a National Science Foundation Fellowship to enroll in Stanford University, where he received his master's degree (1959) and Ph.D. (1962). As part of his Ph.D. dissertation, Hoff co-invented the Least mean squares filter with Professor Bernard Widrow. Dr Hoff has also been featured in an Intel advertisement, calling him the "rock star" of Intel and comparing him to the rock stars of American culture
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    1937 October 28
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    Inventor of the microprocessor
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