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Guide to the Stanford University, Center for Integrated Systems, Records
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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC1147
    Creator: Stanford University. Center for Integrated Systems.
    Title: Stanford University, Center for Integrated Systems, records
    Dates: 1978-1979
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet
    Summary: Background and planning documents relating to the founding of the Center for Integrated Systems.
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
    Stanford University Libraries.
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc/

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    Gift of Gregory Kovacs, 2013.

    Information about Access

    The materials are open for research use.

    Ownership & Copyright

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Cite As

    [identification of item], Stanford University, Center for Integrated Systems, Records (SC1147). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Associated Materials

    Stanford University Website Collection (SC1015)

    Biographical/Historical note

    The proposal for the Center for Integrated Systems was written in 1978 as a joint effort by Electrical Engineering Professors Michael J. Flynn, James F. Gibbons, John G. Linvill, and James D. Meindl. Included in the proposal were the statements:
    “The products of the Center for Integrated Systems will be educated people, primarily doctoral student, and research results.” …and
    “Research results coming out of the studies at the Center for Integrated Systems and, in particular, from the experimental work involved at the Center are projected to be of significant usefulness to the sponsors of the research and to the industrial community to which the Center is connected.”
    Linvill, Meindl, and other colleagues had realized that the exponential growth of semiconductor technology was creating problems and challenges that were too big and complex for one discipline to tackle. The process of designing integrated systems was beginning to involve computer architects, circuit engineers, material engineers and software design engineers. Linvill and his colleagues wanted to bring together the best people from all the fields, which contribute and/or make use of integrated circuitry, which would also enable close interactions with industry. In 1980, the CIS Development Committee, headed by John Young, president of Hewlett-Packard, was formed. Working with this committee, Linvill began recruiting companies to underwrite a new research center that is now the Center for Integrated Systems.
    Originally housed in the basement of the McCullough Building at Stanford, ground was broken for a new building in 1983 and the present CIS building was completed in 1985. The heart of the CIS building is its 10,500 square foot integrated circuit fabrication laboratory. Surrounding the laboratory are smaller supporting laboratories, several conference rooms and both open and closed offices.
    On March 26, 1984, the president of France became a Stanford student for a day. Francois Mitterrand visited the Center for Integrated Systems to meet with Stanford professors and technology magnates to learn more about the emerging economic powerhouse called Silicon Valley.
    In 1996, the CIS building was expanded due in large part to Paul Allen’s (Co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation) gift to the School of Engineering. The building was subsequently renamed the Paul G. Allen Building. The new extension provides 52,000 gross square feet to service various labs and conference areas.
    Original Industrial Sponsors were:
    Digital Equipment Corporation
    Fairchild Camera and Instrument corporation
    General Electric Company
    GTE Laboratories, Incorporated
    Gould Inc.
    Hewlett-Packard Company
    Honeywell, Incorporated
    ITT Corporation
    Intel Corporation
    International Business Machines Corporation
    Monsanto Electronic Materials Company
    Motorola, Incorporated
    Northrop Corporation
    Philips Research Laboratories/Signetics Corporation
    Rockwell International
    TRW Incorporated
    Tektronix, Incorporated
    Texas Instruments, Incorporated
    United Technologies Corporation
    Xerox Corporation
    In addition to Mr. Allen's gift, the following donors contributed to make the building possible:
    Apple Computer, Inc.
    Peter G. Behr
    Estate of Eleanor Buchanan
    Cypress Semiconductor Corp.
    Estate of James D. Fleming
    Ford Motor Company
    William R. Hewlett
    Raychem Corporation
    Xerox Corporation
    Source: http://cis.stanford.edu/about/history.php

    Scope and Contents

    The materials consist of background and planning documents, meeting minutes, correspondence, and proposals relating to the founding of the Center for Integrated Systems at Stanford University.

    Access Terms

    Feigenbaum, Edward A.
    Hellman, Martin E.
    Linvill, John G., 1919-2011.
    Meindl, James D., 1933-
    Miller, William F.
    Stanford University. Dept. of Electrical Engineering
    Electrical engineering--California.
    Electrical engineering--Study and teaching.
    Integrated circuits.
    Stanford University--Administration.