Makers of the Microchip: A Documentary History of Fairchild Semiconductor

Makers of the Microchip: A Documentary History of Fairchild Semiconductor

by Christophe Lécuyer, David C. Brock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262014246

ISBN-13: 9780262014243

Pub. Date: 09/03/2010

Publisher: MIT Press

In the first three and a half years of its existence, Fairchild
Semiconductor developed, produced, and marketed the device that would become the fundamental building block of the digital world: the microchip. Founded in 1957 by eight former employees of the Schockley Semiconductor Laboratory, Fairchild created the model for a successful Silicon Valley start

Overview

In the first three and a half years of its existence, Fairchild
Semiconductor developed, produced, and marketed the device that would become the fundamental building block of the digital world: the microchip. Founded in 1957 by eight former employees of the Schockley Semiconductor Laboratory, Fairchild created the model for a successful Silicon Valley start-up: intense activity with a common goal, close collaboration, and a quick path to the market (Fairchild's first device hit the market just ten months after the company's founding). Fairchild
Semiconductor was one of the first companies financed by venture capital, and its success inspired the establishment of venture capital firms in the San Francisco Bay area. These firms would finance the explosive growth of Silicon Valley over the next several decades. This history of the early years of Fairchild Semiconductor examines the technological, business, and social dynamics behind its innovative products. The centerpiece of the book is a collection of documents, reproduced in facsimile,
including the company's first prospectus; ideas, sketches, and plans for the company's products; and a notebook kept by cofounder Jay Last that records problems,
schedules, and tasks discussed at weekly meetings. A historical overview,
interpretive essays, and an introduction to semiconductor technology in the period accompany these primary documents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262014243
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/03/2010
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >