Silicon Valley-based Vinod Dham is an engineer, investor and an entrepreneur. He is perhaps best known as “The Father of the Pentium Chip.” Ever wonder how Dham got that moniker? We were curious to find out about it, and his journey to America and to Silicon Valley, where he initially worked for Intel for many years before working for other hardware companies that were eventually acquired. One of them that he worked for was acquired by Intel and the second company Silicon Spice was acquired by Broadcom.
LISTEN: AUDIO: VINOD DHAM ON COMING TO AMERICA & SILICON VALLEY
We spoke with Dham about how why and how he decided to come to America to study. After graduating from Delhi School of Engineering Dham went to work for a hardware company in Delhi and then decided to come to America for his graduate studies. He had to buy a map from Connaught Place to figure out where in America his school was located. He first worked for NCR in Ohio, and then came to Silicon Valley to work for Intel in the 1970s.
Dham went on to work for other companies, turned an investor and is currently the co-founder of an online learning company called Acadgild.
This interview was sponsored by Zoho Corp and aired on TV in the USA. You can watch the interview on our YouTube channel.
Ever wondered how Vinod Dham got the moniker “The Father of The Pentium Chip?” Well, we did and got an opportunity to talk to Dham on how he got this moniker. We were also curious to find out how he developed his interest in science and technology. What brought him to America? How did come to Silicon Valley in the 1970s to work at Intel and eventually in other hardware companies?
After graduating from Delhi School of Engineering in India, Dham worked for a hardware company in Delhi before coming to America for his graduate studies in the Midwest. He had to buy a map from Connaught Place to find out where exactly his university was located in America. His first job in America was at NCR, a pioneering company in Ohio before he headed west to Silicon Valley in the 1970s. It was in Silicon Valley that Dham established a name for himself in the hardware space. He eventually became an investor and is now the co-founder of a startup called Acadgild.
Tune in to find out all this and more about Dham on coming to America and his work in tech industry.
A visit to Intel Museum is Santa Clara was in my bucket list for over a decade. I had driven past Intel so many times, and yet never made the right turn to Intel’s campus and to the Robert Noyce building where the museum is located. I finally did visit the museum and came away learning quite a bit about this iconic company that shaped Silicon Valley’s culture. At a personal level it also shaped the way I used computers and laptops.
Ever wondered what Intel stands for? Here is what it stands for.
The museum makes for an interesting visit and you get to see and find out about the basic blocks of building a microprocessor. The basic and most important ingredient is silicon that comes from sand.
Here are some more images from Intel’s museum about wafer, chips and clean rooms.
A visit to Intel’s museum is free. It is located at Robert N. Noyce Building, 2200 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95052. For more information about visiting the museum you can either call 408.765 5050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org