Tech news tagged ‘silicon valley’

The First Company Set Up To Make ICs

In 1961, four years after Fairchild Semiconductor was founded, Sherman Fairchild, the son of an IBM co-founder who owned Fairchild Semiconductor’s parent company, decided on that year’s bonuses…

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When Nobody Wanted CMOS

Gerald Herzog, who pioneered CMOS development at RCA which made RCA the leading exponent of CMOS for many years, recalls the trouble he had persuading RCA management to make CMOS devices…

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Silly Boys

Is there a disconnect between the American government and Silicon Valley?

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The Genius Collective

On July 29th 1955, William Shockley wrote in his notebook: “Call Arnold Beckman.”

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ST-E CEO Lacks One Thing

The new boss of ST-Ericsson is in his 50s. The out-going CEO is also in his 50s. Both have a list of qualifications as long as your arm but both lack a key ingredient for running a chip company – youth…

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Founding Fairchild, by Gordon Moore.

In 1957 Moore, accompanied by six colleagues – Jean Hoerni, Eugene Kleiner, Jay Last, Sheldon Roberts, Vic Grinich and Julius Blank – walked out on Bill Shockley, the Nobel Prize-winning inventor of the transistor which had set up Silicon Valley’s first chip company – Shockley Semiconductor…

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The Strangest-Ever Proposal Put To A VC

The strangest proposal ever put to a VC has to be the one put to Tom Perkins, co-founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, the premier Silicon Valley VC company…

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Silicon Valley Embroiled In Scandal (Again)

Arriving here in Silicon Valley at the weekend, I find it embroiled in another of its periodic scandals. Last year it was the stock options back-dating scandal, this year it’s an insider share trading scandal…

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Are The FPGA Leaders Right? Or The Up-Starts?

As the programmable logic manufacturers stew in their $3.6 billion niche, a few brave souls are trying to solve the two key problems which have always plagued programmable logic products: they cost too much; they use too much power…

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Jack Gifford, Industry Legend, Dies

Jack Gifford, the founding CEO of Maxim, died earlier this week, He made his name at Fairchild, as a co-founder of AMD, and at Intersil before founding Maxim Integrated Products which became an outstanding success…

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Leadership In The Semiconductor Industry

The greatest leader the semiconductor industry ever had was Bob Noyce, co-inventor of the IC, co-founder and founding CEO of Fairchild Semiconductor, co-founder and founding CEO of Intel, founding CEO of Sematech, known to the industry as: ‘The Mayor of Silicon Valley…

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