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This book presents a general overview of microprocessor technology including fabrication methods, how microprocessors work, and the people and companies involved in their development, all set in historic perspective and written in the witty style for which Mr. Malone is known. The author evaluates the microprocessor's role in transforming society, profiles the key figures in its development, speculates about the future of emerging technologies and even theorizes about what might lie beyond the microprocessor era.

A freelance writer and television journalist presents a fascinating look into the technology, history, and personalities behind the development of the microprocessor. He provides a general overview of the technology, including how it's fabricated, how it works, and the people and companies involved with its development--all set in historical perspective.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387943428
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Series: Telos Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 347
  • Product dimensions: 7.27 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 A Calculating Risk: Inventing the First Microprocessors 3
Ch. 2 A Revolution in Miniature: The Importance of the Microprocessor 23
Ch. 3 Fire, Water, Earth and Air: Fabricating the Microprocessor 37
Ch. 4 The Cities of the Planar: How the Microprocessor Works 87
Ch. 5 History I: Beginnings: The First Decade 125
Ch. 6 History II: The PC Era: The Second Decade 165
Ch. 7 History III: Break-Out: The Third Decade 203
Ch. 8 The Future: Dreams of Light: The Microprocessor in the 21st Century 251
Footnotes 289
Glossary 301
Index 319
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2003

    One of My favorite books!

    Michael Malone has a passion for computers, and it shows! He takes what can be a dry subject, and turns it into a fascinating read. Computers are my hobby (I have a growing collection), and I've read other 'computing history' books, but this one is unique. It thoroughly covers the evolution of this technology (including the driving market forces) from vacuum tube to current microprocessor design. A 'must read' for computer geeks!

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