This Is How ‘Silicon Valley’ Got Its Name

Silicon Valley is known worldwide as the home to the greatest high-tech corporations and startup companies. Geographically, it’s the  southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area, in the northern part of California. But have you ever wondered how did it get its name?

Well, as it turns out, the term does come from the high-tech manufacturers that were present in the area foe decades.

The name Silicon Valley appeared in the early 1980s and it was a reference to the large number of silicon chip innovators that were based in the region. Silicon, is a chemical element (Si) that’s being used in integrated circuits, microchips, hence the name of the area. (the article continues after the ad)

Eventually, the term came to refer to all the high-tech companies that settled in the area and today is used as a metonym for the high-tech sector of the United States.

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Sources: About Silicon Valley

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