Microchip: An Idea, Its Genesis, and the Revolution it Created

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Perseus, 2003 - Technology & Engineering - 245 pages
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Computer chips are an almost invisible part of our modern lives, and yet they make much of what's "modern" in them possible. Even the tech-averse and the tech-opposed among us depend on their hidden capabilities. From today's automobiles, medical scanners, and DVD players to annoying musical greeting cards, space travel, and movies like The Lord of the Rings, microelectronics are everywhere-and taken for granted. But how did this revolutionary technology emerge? Microchip tells that story by exploring the personalities behind the technology. From the two pioneering men who invented the integrated circuit, Nobel Prize winner Jack Kilby and Intel founder Robert Noyce, to luminaries like Gordon Moore and An Wang who put the chip to work, Jeffrey Zygmont shows how the history of the microchip is also the story of a handful of visionaries confronting problems and facing opportunities. A compelling narrative about the germination and advancement of a single technology, Microchip is essential reading about the now-ubiquitous integrated circuit and its outlook for the future.

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For PlayStations and DVD players, computers and cars, we have the microchip to thank. Yet when, asks business journalist Zygmont, do we stop to fully contemplate such microelectronics, which, "like ... Read full review

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Jeffrey Zygmont is a business writer who specializes in high-tech topics. He has written for BusinessWeek, Boston Magazine, Inc., and CFO and has been a staff writer for High Technology and a columnist for Omni. He lives in Salem, New Hampshire.

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