09: "Something Wonderful"

Untold Silicon Valley

Jul 27 2022 • 47 mins

By breaking open the commercial integrated circuits market, Fairchild’s stock skyrockets… but the breakthrough also seals its fate.

In our final episode of Season 1, Fairchild Semiconductor’s success is short-lived, as its meteoric rise is only matched by its crashing downfall. One-by-one, more key figures jump from the sinking ship.

Things are no better at parent Fairchild Camera & Instrument, where plenty of blame is going around. When CEO John Carter is finally ousted, the obvious candidate to take over is Robert Noyce… or is it?

As more founders leave, another company is about to rise from the ashes of Fairchild Semiconductor. And Steve Jobs takes the stage as two Silicon Valley legends are finally about to meet in “Something Wonderful.”