Electronic Yarns

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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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Bossy Boots

Woodside in Silicon Valley is where many techies aspire to live.

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The Spirit Of Mission W.

In 1981, Tsuyoshi Kawanishi became CEO of Toshiba’s Semiconductor Group and then began a period of successful expansion…

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