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  • Silicon Valley

    In 1957, decades before Steve Jobs dreamed up Apple or Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook, a group of eight brilliant young men defected from the Shockley Semiconductor Company in order to start their own transistor business. Their leader was 29-year-old Robert Noyce, a physicist with a brilliant mind and the affability of a born salesman who would co-invent the microchip -- an essential component of nearly all modern electronics today, including computers, motor vehicles, cell phones and household appliances.

  • Untold History of Silicon Valley

    Thomas H. Lee is an electrical engineering professor at Stanford University. In 1994 he founded the Stanford Microwave Integrated Circuits Laboratory. He has written and co-authored several books and papers, and recently concluded a tour of duty as the director of DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office.

  • Attributes of a Good Engineer According to Paul Brokaw

    Paul Brokaw has held a variety of positions at Analog Devices, and is presently an analog fellow.  He has designed a variety of products, including A/D and D/A converters, sensors, voltage references and amplifiers.  He holds over one hundred patents.  In this 2006 interview, he describes the attributes of a successful engineer

  • Attributes of a Good Analog Engineer According to Bob Dobkin and Jim Williams

    Bob Dobkin and Jim Williams are world famous analog IC designers. Bob has over 30 years experience in design and developed many advanced products at National Semiconductor and Linear Technology, including the first 3 terminal adjustable voltage regulator. Jim Williams is well known for his writing and lectures on analog circuits and instrumentation. A transcript is available

  • Jack Gifford Interview

    Jack Gifford went to Fairchild in 1965 and became the semiconductor industry's first linear integrated circuit product manager. After leaving Fairchild, Jack co-founded Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and recruited Jerry Sanders. Always passionate about analog integrated circuits, he became president of Intersil and then founded Maxim Integrated Products. In this 2002 interview, Jack tells of his tempestuous relationships with industry legends Bob Widlar, Jean Hoerni, Jerry Sanders, Jack Welch, and others.

    • Guy Kawasaki: The Top 10 Mistakes of Entrepreneurs

      Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple and co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures, explained the top ten mistakes that entrepreneurs make. His talk covered all stages of a startup from inception to exit.

    • Shimpei Takahashi

      Shimpei Takahashi has developed many toys for Bandai, including the popular Mugen Puchi Puchi, a game that exploits the universal love of popping bubble wrap. The toy received the Grand Prize "Trendy Toy" Award from the Japan Toy Association.

      In 2005, Takahashi invented a board game called Simpei, while he also works in the digital realm, having designed the social gaming app, Onedari Wanko (Fawning Puppy).

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