- Current Position
- President at Federico and Elvia Faggin Foundation
- Federico Faggin is a physicist born and educated in Italy and living in Silicon Valley since 1968. Faggin led the development of the self-aligned-gate MOS Silicon Gate Technology (SGT) at Fairchild Semiconductor in 1968-1969, and designed the world’s first commercial MOS IC with SGT (the Fairchild 3708). The SGT made possible the fabrication of dynamic RAMs, microprocessors, non-volatile memories, and CCD image sensors. During 1970-1974 Faggin worked for Intel where he designed the world's first microprocessors: the Intel 4004, 8008, 4040, 8080, and many other products, including fast static MOS memories (2102A). In 1974, Faggin started and led his first company, Zilog, Inc., that created the Z80 microprocessor and the Z8 microcontroller still in production in 2017; and in 1986 he started and led Synaptics, Inc., the company that created the touchpads and touch-screens that are now used in nearly all mobile devices. Faggin is currently President of Federico and Elvia Faggin Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the science of consciousness. He is the recipient of many international awards, including the Marconi Prize in 1988, the Kyoto Prize in 1997, the induction in the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame in 1996, and the 2009 National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama.