Ted Hoff

IRL Name: 
Marcian E. "Ted" Hoff, Jr.

In the late 1960s, many articles had discussed the possibility of a computer on a chip. However, all concluded that the integrated circuit technology was not yet ready. Ted Hoff was the first to recognize that Intel's new silicon-gated MOS technology might make a single-chip CPU possible if a sufficiently simple architecture could be developed. Hoff developed such an architecture with just over 2000 transistors.

He is known as one of the primary inventors of the microprocessor.


Hoff earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1958.