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When basic researchers started working on semiconductors during the late nineteen thirties and on integrated circuits at the end of the nineteen fifties, they did not know that their work would change the lives of future generations. Very few people at that time recognized the significance of, perhaps, the most important invention of the century. Historians have assigned the invention of integrated circuits to Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce. In this book, the author argues that the group of inventors was much larger. This richly illustrated account is a personal recollection of the development of integrated circuits and personalities -- such as Russell Ohl, Karl Lark-Horovitz, William Shockley, Carl Frosch, Lincoln Derick, Calvin Fuller, Kurt Lehovec. Jean Hoerni, Sheldon Roberts, Jay Last, Isy Haas, Bob Norman, Dave Allison, Jim Nall, Tom Longo, Bob Widlar, Dave Talbert, Frank Wanlass, and Federico Faggin. Here is the first comprehensive behind-the-scenes account of the history of the integrated circuit, the microelectronics industry, and the people closely involved in the development of the transistor and the integrated circuit.
"Your book is going to make a major contribution to semiconductor history. You and I agree that, while the world loves a hero, semiconductor progress depended on the efforts and ideas of a large number of people, and that moving forward depended on contributors going back a few decades in some cases. Also, as is the case with most inventions, a number of people with access to the same pool of common knowledge were working independently at the same time to put it all together and to make the necessary extensions to the existing technology and who realized that the time was right for society to accept the new concepts. Your diligent research points all of this out."
Dr. Jay Last, Former Shockley Laboratories employee, co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor, co-founder of Amelco Semiconductor, and manager of Fairchild's group which designed and produced the world first planar integrated circuit.
"Bo Lojek presents a remarkable document of the most important and significant technical development of our times. He describes in astounding detail the engineering efforts of modern microelectronics. He concentrates on the history of silicon semiconductor devices. California's "Silicon Valley" is the center of attention, together with its ancestry of transistor invention at Bell Laboratories. He has collected a wealth of illustrative documentation, gives incisive insight into the lives of the main actors and shows the often tragic fates of the engineers and businessmen. He does not hide his firm belief in the individual engineer and warns of the retarding influence of present-day political correctness."
Dr. Hans J. Queisser, Former Shockley Semiconductor scientist and retired director of the Max-Planck-Institute for Solids, Stuttgart, Germany.
"The technical history of the semiconductor history rivals the 1849 California Gold Rush as a period filled with excitement and opportunity. Although I cannot first hand validate its complete accuracy, I enthusiastically encourage you to read the collected facts, opinions, and views of an author who was actually part of this amazing period, viewing it as a successful practicing Engineer during this "gold rush" - like hey-day of the semiconductor industry.
For educators and technologists you will find this collection of data, facts, and opinions, collected and observed first hand by the author, fascinating! It is a tough read for others due to the writing experience of the author and its technical focus."
John F. Gifford, Former Fairchild Semiconductor Marketing Manager of Linear Integrated Circuits, co-founder of Advanced Micro Devices, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Maxim Integrated Products.
"Bo Lojek gets it right! There are few industries as dynamic as semiconductors and the history of the semiconductor industry is still unfolding. This book gives the history of people, places and technology that resulted in today's semiconductor industry. I particularly like the inclusion of many technical pieces in the book."
Robert Dobkin, Former National Semiconductor Director of Advanced Circuit Development and co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Linear Technology Corporation.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.45" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.94" Weight: 1.9 lbs.
Release Date Dec 28, 2006
ISBN 3540342575 ISBN13 9783540342571
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More About Bo Lojek
Bo Lojek received his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from Charles University in Prague. He joined the semiconductor industry in the middle of the nineteen sixties and has been working in the industry since then. Currently, he is the Principal Engineer in Atmel Corporation and Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. He holds over thirty patents, most of them on the nonvolatile memory cell.
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History from a personal prespective Apr 27, 2008
I really enjoyed the author's personal narrative of the growth of the semiconductor history. His view is not the normal public relations machine written history we normally read. His views come with a twist (for example: the author writes about Dr Shockley in a more positive manner than a recent biography) and it is fun to read despite the issue listed below. My wife's response was humorous when I told her about his research material accounting for 672 square feet of material -- her response was "no, no and NO."
The reason this book is not rated higher is because the narrative flow is marred by inadequate (if not missing attempts at) proofreading. I believe the esteemed publisher should be ashamed to pawn a book off as professional when the grammar is questionable in many places and many words are misspelled, missing (ie 'the', 'an' etc) or wrong (ie 'let' vs 'led' or 'and' vs 'nad'). The scary part is I'm not a proper English usage fanatic but this book is so bad that my wife had to listen to me rant and rave every few minutes when I found another English problem. Once I found a number of errors, it was very easy to note a bunch of others which is very distracting.
If you get past this grammar outrage, you can enjoy this unique book.
Nice insights into the industry Apr 15, 2008
As the son of one of the Fairchild researchers it was curious to look back and see why things were as they were back then [the early 60's] and how loyalty to an employer is not always wise. Bob Widlar is clearly an unusual engineer; Nowadays we see more intuitive ones, back then they were shunned. A good read; I reccommend it to anyone who wants an inside look at poor management among the smartest people. Surprizes await.
Complete history, if not a little biased Jan 21, 2008
I am a graduate student specializing in IC Design. I must say this is an interesting read. The narrative can be a little bit dry, with a lot of names, dates, etc that does not necessarily enhance the storyline in any bit, but just making the book more historically complete. It is a pleasure to read for a practicing engineer like myself, but it can be a very alien book for even an electrical engineer who does not do board/chip design on a regular basis. The author simply assumes that the reader is familiar with all the popular product lines from companies like national and linear, etc - this can be a serious impediment for this book to get a wider acceptance.
The voice of the author tends to fall into the "Dilbert" stereotype, in a way venerating the eccentric but extremely smart engineers (like Shockley and others) while demonizing management-types (like Gordon Moore). I feel that the author went a little bit too far with his point that these broken geniuses are the one responsible for the success of the semiconductor industries and the management types took advantage of them. For a young buck like myself, I don't know if this is true or not. But this rather extreme viewpoint of the author certainly cast a shadow upon the objectivity of the author's account as a historian.
But overall, this is still a good read for practicing circuit designers. It certainly got good endorsements from the industry big names
Interesting but needs extra editing Dec 10, 2007
I loved reading this book. It sketches the history of semiconductor engineering with a focus on the American part of it. It is well written but really needs extra editing or proof reading as the author has a strange way to deal with the (definite and undefinite) article and also sometimes with verbs in the English language. I'll give you two examples (but you can find them in abundance): on page X he writes: I wrote book about engineers (sic) On p.8 This book is my personal story and it is story about engineers ... (sic)
I also would have loved to read a bit more about cupper oxide, selenium and galena components which preceded the semiconductor revolution which the author describes.
Some illustrations are also very hard to decipher (e.g. Fig. 1.1.)
All this doesn't mean it isn't a good read, on the contrary, it is one of finest books I have read since long.
Bo's Great Book May 13, 2007
This is a rare work of excellence almost without equal in the huge geek/chip literature. If you don't own it, you will regret it! I was there when it all happened and Bo has it RIGHT ON!