DesignCon2017: Do You Know These 5 Facts About Silicon Valley?

December 19, 2016



As you may have heard, Electro Rent is making the trek to Santa Clara next month in time for DesignCon. The event described as “Where the chip meets the board” is one of the biggest events of the year. (If you’re going to be in the area, make sure to stop by Booth 408.) That got us to thinking about how influential and important Silicon Valley is to our community of thinkers and tinkerers. In honor or DesignCon, here are five facts you may not know about the area!


1.    What’s in a Name?


Did you know the area known as Silicon Valley is technically called The Santa Clara Valley? What’s more is the former nickname for the place was ‘the Valley of Heart’s Delight.


2.    Do You Know the Way?

San Jose has been known as the “capital of Silicon Valley.” The city, with a population of around a million people, was named after the biblical figure, Saint Joseph.


3.    Play Ball!


The recently opened Levi’s Stadium was built to be the home of the San Francisco 49ers, despite the city of San Francisco being about 45 miles away to the west. Levi’s stadium was also the home to the historical NFL championship game, Super Bowl 50. Bonus fact, the largest single attendance record was set by WWE when Wrestlemania 31 was hosted at Levi’s.


4.    Ready For Its Close-up


The Silicon Valley area has been featured in many movies and television shows. From the namesake HBO program, to movies such as A View To A Kill, The Internship, and Jobs.


5.    Inspiration

The idea of a semiconductor industry leading to an area named after “Silicon” may have started in Northern California, but it has since expanded elsewhere. We’ve seen Africa’s “Silicon Cape,” The UK’s “Silicon Glen,” and Southern California’s “Silicon Beach.”



Either way, color us pumped for DesignCon 2017!


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