The list of Wilf’s
accomplishments is most impressive. Here is a milestone summary:
Production engineer for the 2N338 silicon
transistor. This was Wilf’s first professional assignment with
transistors, and the technology (diffused grown junction silicon triodes)
was representative of the emerging, but still primitive, silicon device
fabrication processes developed in the 1950s at Bell Labs, TI and GE.
1960 – 1968. Motorola. Starting as section manager for the epitaxial
material group, Wilf was a key member of the epitaxial planar silicon
transistor team. He soon was promoted to more senior management positions,
including Operations Manager for silicon transistors. It was during this
timeframe that the important work on epitaxial processes, annular
structures, and plastic encapsulation contributed to the great success of
the Motorola transistor program, and is the basis for this Oral History.
1968 – 1980. Fairchild. Wilf moved to Fairchild in 1968, along with
Lester Hogan and other key members of the Motorola transistor management
team. Initial responsibility for the Fairchild transistor, diode and
offshore activities. Promoted later to President and CEO (1974), and then
1981 – 2006. LSI Logic. Co-founder of LSI Logic. Wilf has served as CEO
and Chairman of the Board. LSI Logic has annual revenues of $2 billion and
is the recognized industry leader in ASIC and system-on-a-chip integration.