One of the best chips ever made was Dave Fullagar’s µ741 which came out in 1968 to instant success.
A contemporary Fairchild internal memo dated June 1968 quoted in Bo Lojek’s incomparable History of Semiconductor Engineering, reads:
‘The µ741 has surpassed all expectations as the Second Generation successor to the µ709.
‘Since its announcement on May 6th, we’ve shipped more µ741s than any other new LIC – the orders are still pouring in!
‘We’ve got a winner!!!’
Eight months after that memo, in February 1969, Fullagar left Fairchild to join Intersil.