Federico Faggin is currently President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Foveon, Inc., a company that has developed a proprietary breakthrough technology for image sensors for digital photography. Mr. Faggin is also Chairman of the Board of Synaptics, Inc., a producer of human-to-computer interface products, and a Director of Zilog, Inc., a producer of microprocessors and microcontrollers. Both Synaptics and Zilog are public companies.
Mr. Faggin co-founded Synaptics, Inc. in 1986 and has served as its Director, President and Chief Executive Officer from March 1987 to January 1999. Since January 1999 he has been Chairman of the Board. In 1982 Mr. Faggin co-founded Cygnet Technologies, Inc., a company that developed a pioneering personal voice and data communication product, where he was Director, President and CEO from inception until 1986. In 1974, Mr. Faggin co-founded Zilog, Inc., the first company entirely dedicated to the emergent microprocessors and microcontrollers market. Mr. Faggin was Director, President and CEO of Zilog from 1974 to 1980. At Zilog he also conceived the Z8 microcontroller and conceived, architected and led the design of the Z80 microprocessor. Commercially available in 1976, the Z80 has been one of the most successful microprocessors ever produced. The Z8 and the Z80 are still in high volume production to this day.
Mr. Faggin worked for Intel Corporation from 1970 to 1974. He led the design and development of the 4004, the world's first microprocessor, in 1970-’71, and of the 8008, the world’s first 8-bit microprocessor, in 1971-’72. He architected and led the design of the 8080 microprocessor, the 4040 microprocessor and more than 25 other commercial integrated circuits. Notable among them is the 2102A, the first high performance MOS static RAM. At Intel Faggin was Department Manager in the Research and Development organization, from 1973 to 1974.
Mr. Faggin joined Fairchild Semiconductor in 1968, where he led the development of the original MOS Silicon Gate Technology and designed the world's first commercial integrated circuit to use that technology. The Silicon Gate Technology was the world’s first commercial MOS self-aligned-gate process, the technology that empowered the fabrication of semiconductor memories, made possible the microprocessor and laid the foundation of all modern MOS integrated circuits.
Born, raised and educated in Italy, Federico Faggin was naturalized a US citizen in 1978. Faggin is the recipient of many honors and awards including the 1988 International Marconi Fellowship Award, the 1994 IEEE W. Wallace McDowell Award, and the 1997 Kyoto Prize. In 1996, Mr. Faggin was inducted in the National Inventor's Hall of Fame in Akron, OH, for the co-invention of the microprocessor. Mr. Faggin holds a doctorate in physics, summa cum laude, from the University of Padua, Italy (1965). He also holds honorary doctor degrees in Computer Science from the University of Milan, Italy and in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome, Italy