The Silicon Eye: How a Silicon Valley Company Aims to Make All Current Computers, Cameras, and Cell Phones Obsolete (Enterprise)

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Using the birth of a new technology to illuminate how Silicon Valley really works, tech expert George Gilder tells the story of the Foveon Corporation, whose electronic camera has a revolutionary analog chip that reproduces colors and images with the resolution and accuracy of conventional cameras. Behind this remarkable innovation are a team of pioneering engineers and scientists, chief among them the legendary inventor Carver Mead, whose combination of creativity and business acumen has put him in the center of the New Economy.
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Don't look now, but cameras are everywhere. Thanks to the digital technology revolution, PDAs (personal digital assistants), digital cameras, and cell phones have become omnipresent. But, according to veteran techno-wizard watcher George Gilder, a new Silicon Valley invention could overtake this $2 billion-a-year market. The Silicon Eye describes the Foveon Corporation and its development of a revolutionary analogue chip that can reproduce images and colors with improved resolution and accuracy.
David Kushner
A best-selling author, Gilder knows a good theme when he strikes upon one -- and, as Foveon engineers struggle to divine the mysteries of the human eye, the book trips out like a 21st-century version of "Fantastic Voyage." In one scene, Gilder recounts the story of a Foveon prodigy who gobbled marijuana brownies in a Trans Am, then counted the photons as they reached her eyes. "The experience strengthened her conviction that vision is an achievement of an entire mind -- that it reached beyond the retinal models she was building," Gilder writes. "The retina could not do it alone. She would have to explore the farthest shores of consciousness itself."
— The Washington Post
Library Journal
Publisher of the Gilder Technology Report newsletter (tracking "new breakthroughs stemming from paradigms of technological progress that are reshaping the global economy"), Gilder covers familiar territory in this book-silicon chip making-while introducing the people who helped develop the Foveon camera, a new high-resolution camera technology that is modeled on the human eye. While he chronicles the development of the camera with an insider's knowledge of Silicon Valley, he never fully succeeds in drawing the reader into the story; he is so intent on profiling each player that the narrative gets lost in a collection of anecdotal tales. Not helping matters is the prevalence of science and technology jargon and acronyms that only readers with advanced degrees would be comfortable reading. A glossary is included, but it offers little relief. The final chapters focus on the influence that Gilder believes Foveon technology will have on computers and other devices. His audience appears to be Silicon Valley insiders as well as investors who will be interested in this new technology. For only the most specialized technology and business collections.-Colleen Cuddy, NYU Sch. of Medicine Lib. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393057638
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/25/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue : who is Carver Mead? 13
Pt. 1 Three men and a camera
1 Delbruck bursts in 23
2 The fourth camera 31
3 Merrill's view 47
4 The charged competition 57
5 Annealing neurons 63
Pt. 2 The forgotten founder
6 FF 69
7 Beyond the silicon gate 77
8 Tobermory 87
9 The Hopfield net 93
Pt. 3 The cat and the camera
10 Carverland 101
11 Michelle 111
12 Misha 125
13 Synaptics 139
14 The analog perplex 147
15 Seizing the sword 159
16 The cat 175
17 Teleology at Oxford 185
18 White rabbit 193
Pt. 4 Foveon
19 Merrill's magic 201
20 Lyon's den of many colors 209
21 Photokina 2000 and beyond 223
22 Foveon's disruptive challenge 233
23 Holy Kammoli! 251
24 Foveon RAW in Vegas 261
Epilogue : camera's end 277
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