Intel is celebrating its four-decade-long relationship with Stanford University by spotlighting the school’s nexus with its top executives, CNET reports. The Intel-Stanford tie began back in 1969 when Stanford electrical engineering alumnus Ted Hoff became Intel employee No. 12. Within two years, he had invented, along with Federico Faggin and Stan Mazor, Intel’s flagship product: the microprocessor. For more than four decades, the Stanford-Intel relationship has been behind the launch of some of Intel’s flagship technologies and hundreds of the company’s engineering careers. (Nearly 1,000 Stanford alumni have worked at Intel, and a Stanford University web page marks this relationship.) The retirement this month of Intel chairman and former CEO Craig Barrett highlights one of the most enduring ties. Barrett was a professor from 1965 until he joined Intel in 1974. "Industry does a good job at the D part of R&D–but we rely on the tier-one research universities like Stanford on the R side," Barrett said in an interview published on Stanford’s web site. Barrett cited marquee research at Stanford, such as semiconductor device modeling and new packaging technologies…

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