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Silicon Valley, 1970s-1980s

Journalist Don Hoefler was the first to call Santa Clara Valley "Silicon Valley" in 1971 when talking about the development of microprocessors and personal computing.

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By Erin Carson

Erin Carson is a Staff Reporter for CNET and a former Multimedia Editor for TechRepublic.