23 days before founding Intel in 1968 with Gordon Moore, Noyce penned the following letter to Sherman Fairchild.
Noyce formally tendered his resignation at Fairchild Semiconductor amid what the San Jose Mercury News called “a wave of inexplicable executive resignations over the last year.”
Moore resigned from the company July 3, 1968.
Here is a copy of Noyce’s letter from the Intel Archives. http://www.intelfreepress.com/news/letter-from-the-archives-robert-noyce-resigns-from-fairchild/6377
"Bob came to me and said, ‘How about we start a new company? My first reaction was no, I like it here. Then a couple of months later he came back and said, ‘Now that I’m leaving, how would you like to start a new company?’ It put a whole different light on the thing."
— Gordon Moore, in a new PBS documentary “American Experience: Silicon Valley” talking about Robert Noyce who encouraged Moore to leave their first start up Fairchild Semiconductor to co-found Intel Corporation
The PBS documentary looks at how a group of young transistor tweakers turned what was once futile farmland into what today is a thriving technology innovation center of the world. Here’s a look at what Intel co-founder Gordon Moore says in the documentary, set to premiere February 5: