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October 18, 2014

Mtg: The Early History of Silicon Valley Technology (1907-1970)

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WEDNESDAY November 5, 2014
SCV Silicon Valley Technology History Committee
– radio, Litton, Stanford, klystron, semiconductors, ICs, memory, microprocessor …
Speakers: Ted Hoff, Norm Pond, Paul Wesling
Time: Networking and light dinner at 6:00 PM; Panel at 6:30 PM; Audience Q&A at 8:00 PM
Cost: $5 donation requested for food
Place: Keypoint Credit Union, 2805 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

Key technology advances of the 20th century were initiated right here in the SF Bay Area, just as they continue to be today.  Four time periods will be examined during this History of Silicon Valley session, featuring two technical pioneers from that era:
a] 1907-1932: Early tech history in Santa Clara County.  Paul Wesling will explain how Silicon Valley has its roots in ham radio, WW I, early vacuum tubes, patent fights, new materials and processes, and contributions of some key innovators.
b] 1933-1947: Vacuum tube development and applications.  Paul and Norman Pond will discuss the depression, interdependency, Stanford University, the klystron, WW II, process development, new materials, and post-war companies.
c] 1948-1959: Pushing limits of vacuum tube applications.  FM radio & TV, the bipolar transistor, microwave communications, medical applications, innovation, and manufacturing process development.
d] 1960-1970: Start of the IC era. Ted Hoff will discuss Stanford, Shockley Labs –> Fairchild â??> new semiconductor companies (Intel, AMD, National, Intersil, many others); MOS process development, MOS LSI memories, the Intel 1102/1103, calculators, the 4004 microprocessor.
Finally we will touch on the business and entrepreneurial environment in Santa Clara County and the SF Bay Area, and show how it is, in many ways, still the same. For example, about 1 in 8 patents currently originate here, as the nation’s top patent incubator, and 55% of venture capital is invested here.


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