Silicon Valley(USA) irect The name Silicon Valley was first used by Don llas Hoefler, a journalist, in a couple of articles in the the Electronic News, originally, the term for'Silicon Valley' was used to describe the Santa Clara County in the state of California in USA ent Dr William Shockley developed a transistor km at the Bell Laboratory. Initially, Shockley the wanted to use germanium as a semi- lett conducting material, while others in his group Most wanted silicon. Finally, silicon was found most the suitable. Therefore, he used silicon in the itsu transistor. This is how the name'Silicon Valley was given.