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September 24, 2010

Mtg: The Makers of the Microchip: Creating the Planar IC, Establishing Silicon Valley

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TUESDAY September 28, 2010
SCV Solid State Circuits, with Electron Devices and Computer Chapters
Speakers: David C. Brock, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Contemporary History and Policy, Chemical Heritage Foundation; Christophe Lecuyer, Principal Economic Analyst, Office of the President, University of California
Time: Presentations at 6:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: National Semiconductor Building E Auditorium, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: EventBrite, from website
Web: ewh.ieee.org/mu/scv-sscs

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 Shockley 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 (Fairchildâ??s first device hit the market just ten months after the companyâ??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.
Our talk presents an overview of our new book from MIT Press, Makers of the Microchip.? 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 companyâ??s first prospectus; ideas, sketches, and plans for the companyâ??s products; and a notebook kept by co-founder Jay Last that records problems, schedules, and tasks discussed at weekly meetings.

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