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About Leon Pearce - Founder & CTO of Noel Technologies, Inc.

Congrats, Leon!

Leon Pearce - Noel Technologies Founder

Our founder, Leon Pearce, recently completed the Maui Half-Marathon and finished in 1st place in his age group (over 70). Leon's time was 2:03, which placed him in the top 25% of all runners, regardless of age. Almost 1200 runners competed in the September race, one of the three oldest marathons west of the Mississippi River.

Through a variety of fund raising efforts beginning in 1995, the Maui Marathon has raised over $350,000 for multiple Maui-based non-profits.

He's qualified & run the Boston marathon several times during the last 6 years.

Early Career

Leon Pearce's biography reads almost like a biography of the semiconductor industry itself -- an industry created by the legendary William Shockley and his team at Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory. Pearce began his career in 1967 as an applications engineer at Hewlett Packard, a leader in test equipment at that time. The following year he was recruited by Intersil Semiconductor to work under Jean Hoerni, one of the "Traitorous Eight" who had departed Shockley Semiconductor to form Fairchild Semiconductor, innovators in p-n-p transistors and planar technology. During this time, Leon was instrumental in identifying serious problems with the company's integrated circuits, also known as low power CMOS. He helped develop a manufacturable method to insure that Intersil's "watch circuits" were compatible with bipolar technologies, while also improving the yields that allowed the company to dominate the watch market. Leon's efforts made Intersil the first mass producer of low power CMOS products. 

Semi Process (SPI)

In 1975, following a two-year stint as an independent consultant for German-based ITT, Pearce founded Semi Process Incorporated (SPI), a manufacturer of small signal lateral DMOS, power vertical DMOS, and gate arrays. At SPI he devised another innovation, the portable fabrication facility or "Porta-Fab." Initially he intended to sell the Porta-Fab to universities as a low-cost development center, but even this affordable option was beyond most institutions' means at the time. Undaunted, he moved the modules to a rented building in Santa Clara, where SPI used them for its own purposes. In addition to creating a new line of semiconductors, SPI developed and produced a gate array that could be customized to meet clients' individual electrical requirements at a fraction of the cost of a customized semiconductor. In 1977 Pearce's former colleague and mentor Jean Hoerni invested in & joined SPI. Hoerni and Pearce won the heated race within the industry to develop high voltage DMOS technologies, later known as the HEX FET, the replacement for bipolar applications in a variety of industries.

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Si Fab

In 1980 Pearce founded Si Fab, a manufacturer of semiconductor products for Fairchild and other industry giants. He grew the small company to 50 employees, expanded the customer base, and second sourced Syntertek's E2 products and military products until changes in Federal administrative policy brought the military business to an end. From 1996 to the present day, Pearce has captained Noel Technologies, Inc., where his technical, processing, and application/equipment experience, coupled with his entrepreneurial ingenuity, enables our company and our clients to remain "market ready" and ride the cutting edge of the latest technologies.

Noel Technologies

Since 1996 Pearce has captained Noel Technologies, Inc., where his engineering, processing, application and equipment experience, coupled with his entrepreneurial ingenuity, enables the company and its clients to remain market ready and ride the cutting edge of the latest technologies.

In building this family-owned company, with his daughter Kristin Boyce, President, both Leon & Kristin have maintained a sense of closeness and loyalty among the entire team, resulting in minimal turnover and a genuine enthusiasm for the work we do. Kristin & Leon work closely with their staff to build the business & continually expand capabilities. In addition to his ongoing passion for his work and our industry, Pearce is a keen runner who regularly competes in marathons, he's qualified & run the Boston marathon several times during the last 6 years. His energy, ingenuity and "out of the box" thinking make him an invaluable aid to Noel Technologies -- and to any customers seeking a reliable, innovative provider of semiconductor thin films and lithography services, wafer recycling/reclaim and engineering/development projects.

Silicon Valley Genealogy - Noel Technologies, CA