Silicon Valley is a region in Northern California in the United States that is known globally for being an innovation hub for high-tech, media and communication technology, Internet and computer applications, social media services, and technology start-ups. It is located in the southern San Francisco Bay Area and corresponds approximately to the geographical Santa Clara Valley. The Valley’s largest city is San Jose, and other major Silicon Valley cities include Palo Alto, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Mountain View, and Sunnyvale. This entry provides an overview of Silicon Valley, including its origins and development, as well as its impact on mass media and culture.

Origins and Development

The name Silicon Valley refers to the local technological, industrial, and innovation history of the area. In particular, a large number of ...

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