Marcian Hoff

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Marcian Edward "Ted" Hoff, Jr. (born October 28, 1937 in Rochester, New York), is one of the inventors of the microprocessor.[1][2]

Education and work history[edit]

He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1958, and he applied for his first two patents based on work done for the General Railway Signal Corp. of Rochester, New York during the summers of his undergraduate study.[citation needed] He then received a National Science Foundation Fellowship to enroll in Stanford University, where he received his master's degree in 1959 and Ph.D. in 1962.[citation needed] As part of his Ph.D. dissertation, Hoff co-invented the least mean squares filter with Bernard Widrow.[3]

Hoff joined Intel in 1968 as employee number 12, and is credited with coming up with the idea of using a "universal processor" rather than a variety of custom-designed circuits in the architectural idea and an instruction set formulated with Stanley Mazor in 1969 for the Intel 4004 - the chip that started the microprocessor revolution in the early 1970s.[4] Development of the silicon-gate design methodology and the actual chip design was done by Federico Faggin,[5][6][7] who also led the project during 1970-1971.

In 1985, Hoff was named the first Intel Fellow, which is the highest technical position in the company.[citation needed] He stayed in that position until 1988.[citation needed]

Popular culture[edit]

Hoff was featured in an Intel advertisement, calling him the "rock star" of Intel and comparing him to the rock stars of American culture.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

In 1954, he was one of the Westinghouse Science Talent Search (now Intel STS) finalists.[8] He was awarded the Stuart Ballantine Medal in 1979, the IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award in 1980, and the Franklin Institute Certificate of Merit in 1996. He was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 1996 and received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2009 from President Barack Obama. He was made a Fellow of the Computer History Museum in 2009.[9] He received the 2011 IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Inventor Ted Hoff Biography.
  2. ^ Marcian E. (Ted) Hoff.
  3. ^ "Thinking About Thinking: The Discovery Of The LMS Algorithm" from IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Jan. 2005, hosted on Prof. Bernard Widrow's homepage
  4. ^ "Marcian E. (Ted) Hoff ", Inventors Hall of Fame, invent.org
  5. ^ Designer Behind the World's First Microprocessor(video) on YouTube
  6. ^ Faggin F., Shima M., Hoff M. E. Jr., Feeney H., Mazor S. The MCS-4 – An LSI Microcomputer System, presented by Faggin at the IEEE 1972 Region Six Conference
  7. ^ Faggin F., and Hoff M. E. Jr. Standard Parts And Custom Design Merge In A Four-Chip Processor Kit. Electronics Magazine, April 24, 1972
  8. ^ "Intel STS Archive - 1954". Society for Science & the Public. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  9. ^ Marcian "Ted" Hoff: 2009 Fellow Awards Recipient, Computer History Museum website.
  10. ^ "IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award Recipients". IEEE. Retrieved October 4, 2011.