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The City of Sunnvale is located about 3 miles (5 km) northwest of the Cupertino headquarters of Apple Inc. in California.


With a population of 155,805 as of 2020, Sunnyvale is the 36th most populous city in the state of California and the 169th most populous city in the United States.[1]


In 1901, the local residents decided to use the name Sunnyvale for their post office, after being informed that the names Encinal or Murphy could not be used. The residents voted to formally incorporate the City of Sunnyvale on December 24, 1912.[2]

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Bill Fernandez 1971 Cream Soda

Bill Fernandez with the Cream Soda computer board in his family's Sunnyvale garage in 1971.

In 1971, Bill Fernandez, the son of the mayor of Sunnyvale with the same name, collaborated with classmate Steve Wozniak on the Cream Soda, an early computer board design, in the Fernandez family garage in Sunnyvale. The two would later work together on developing the Apple I and II at Apple Computer.[3][4]

In September 1972, Atari installed a prototype of Pong, the first coin-operated arcade video game, in a local bar by the name of Andy Capp's Tavern (now known as Rooster T. Feathers). Within a few days, the tavern manager called Atari engineer Al Alcorn to service the machine because the coin mechanism had become completely stuffed with quarters.[5]

Sunnyvale has also become the home to the offices of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Yahoo![2] In 2019, Apple completed construction of its new Wolfe Campus there.[6]


  1. U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts. Retrieved on August 14, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The History of Sunnyvale, Accessed 2021-11-29.
  3. Cream soda – The first computer by Shashwat Pradhan, Emberify Blog. 2014-10-01.
  4. Cream Soda Computer, el primer ordenador fabricado por Wozniak antes del Apple I (Spanish), Seguridad Apple. 2017-10-21.
  5. PSP to celebrate 40th anniversary of Pong at Roosters T. Feathers in Sunnyvale by Paul Dean, Classic Arcade Gaming. 2012-11-29.
  6. AC3: Apple's insatiable appetite for office space devours Wolfe Campus, hungry for more by Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider. 2019-04-26.

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