Electronic Yarns

Intel's Marketing Wiz

The founders of Intel are usually cited as Noyce, Moore and Grove with Fairchild marketing wiz Bob Graham omitted…

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Ignorance Is Bliss

Dick Skipworth founded Memec and drove it to become the third largest distributor in the world. In the 1970s he devised a novel formula for a distie: Once a group had more than half a dozen product lines, the Memec business model recognised that it had reached the limit of…

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Flopnik

Sputnik, launched in October 1957, gave the whole world a shock but no country was more shocked than America which proposed to match the feat in December 1957…

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The Unnerving Laureate

In the superb biography of Gordon Moore by Arnold  Thackray, David Brock and Rachel Jones, Moore expresses a trenchant  view on the double Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling who taught Moore at Caltech…

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Leadership

Transistors were not exactly welcomed by many engineers and, in the early 50s, IBM engineers were no exception…

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Managing A Genius

The greatest IC designer in the industry’s history is generally acknowledged to be Bob Widlar 

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Gratitude

After eight years as CEO and ten years as Chairman, Gordon Moore became Chairman Emeritus of Intel in 1997 in which role he attended board meetings. The thorough new biography of Moore, Moore’s Law by Arnold Thackray, David Brock and Rachel Jones, records that, in 2006, Craig Barrett and…

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Why The Planar Process Happened

In the early days of the semiconductor industry, yields were terrible. Things improved a bit with the mesa transistor but what really made the difference was the planar process…

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Making Microcomputers

The early microcomputer companies existed on a wing and a prayer and boundless self-confidence.

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Physics

Physics is the ideal background for a businessman, reckons David Potter, founder of Psion.

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Cash-Flow

Businesses, especially new businesses, are all about cash-flow and this was something Sir Clive Sinclair recognised from his first entry into business – selling transistors…

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Unimpressed By ICs

Although Fairchild shared the patent on the IC, there was not much initial enthusiasm for it inside or outside the company…

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