As technologists literally reach for the stars with amazing new technologies, it is important that the fruits of their exciting breakthrough developments are available for everyone. At the same time, will developments reach their full potential, if only a select group makes the decisions for the rest of us? How can professional associations, academics, and […]
Atari and its meteoric rise as a household name in the 70s might seem like ancient history, but for many young people of that era, Pong was the definition of video game. More than that seminal game, the work led by Nolan Bushnell gave birth to consumer electronics in Silicon Valley. As seen in the above video, […]
The role of the early space program and its impact on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) progress of the US and what’s ahead is discussed.
The entire presentation will play in the following video player. To go to the links to individual segments from that evening, go to this link https://www.viodi.tv/category/history-2/ieee-2/the-early-years-of-semiconductors-in-silicon-valley/ Alan introduces the four semiconductor panelists with their impeccable credentials. Clarification: David Laws is the Semiconductor Curator at the Computer History Museum. He is also a very well-respected author […]
Alan asked Geri Hadley to make a few opening remarks. Alan and Geri started working to organize this panel in the Spring of 2014. Yes, this panel session took almost 1 full year from conception to full production on April 1, 2015. It required multiple email exchanges, phone calls, and two 3+ hour planning sessions […]
Alan provides context for the session and introduces the 3 distinct time periods to be covered during the panel. 1. 1957-62 Transistor and discrete components (pre-IC period) 2. 1962-68 IC period: SSI, MSI 3. 1968-75 LSI period: Semiconductor memories, microprocessors, consumer electronics, LED displays, etc. To start the discussion Bernie is asked to elaborate on […]
Bernie explains how Fairchild Semiconductor was founded in Sept 1957 and asserts that Bob Noyce was selected as the leader from the Shockley Labs employees. Noyce wasn’t looking for that position, but accepted it. Bernie names the other Fairchild managers who all got paid the same amount of money + 1 share of stock for […]
Ed explains how he was hired by Fairchild in 1959 because he had a materials background with a MS in Physical Metallurgy. Ed asked a lot of questions about their production processes and controls. He was made a foreman of Fairchild’s production plant on Charleston Ave in Mt View. Ed later became product manager for […]
Bernie Marren discusses Rheem, an early semiconductor company acquired by Raytheon. Read more about this session at: http://sites.ieee.org/sv-techhist/?p=344 [Thanks to Tom Gardner for the above description.]
Bernie Marren talks about his move from working with nuclear weapon fuses to selling a semiconductor product that Fairchild wouldn’t describe to him and that didn’t work.