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Makers of the microchip : a documentary history of Fairchild Semiconductor

Author: Christophe Lécuyer; David C Brock
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2010.
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Archives
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christophe Lécuyer; David C Brock
ISBN: 9780262014243 0262014246
OCLC Number: 489438872
Notes: Includes facsimiles of historical documents.
Awards: Winner of Society for the History of Technology Eugene S. Ferguson Prize 2013.
Description: xi, 312 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Contents: Fairchild semiconductor, silicon technology, and military computing --
Facsimiles and interpretive essays --
Conclusion --
Appendix : Semiconductor technology in the late 1950s and the early 1960s.
Responsibility: Christophe Lécuyer, David C. Brock.

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The first years of the company that developed the microchip and created the model for a successful Silicon Valley start-up.  Read more...

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