The Microprocessor: A Biography

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Springer-Verlag, Jan 1, 1995 - Computers - 333 pages
The microprocessor, the "computer on a chip", is one of the most influential products of the century. Without it, there would be no personal computers, no communications revolution and few of the daily miracles in medical care, industry, transportation and homelife we've come to expect from high technology.
Now, to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of its invention, The Microprocessor: A Biography tells the complete story of this amazing invention for the first time.
Technology neophytes will find in this book the most understandable explanation ever written about how microprocessors are made and how they work. Students will find an entertaining and readable text. And industry veterans will find they have a new reference source for their careers.
But The Microprocessor: A Biography is much more than a book about electronics. It is, in fact, an exciting, and incisive, adventure story about extraordinary people and the legendary companies they built. The names come from today's newspapers: Andy Grove, Jerry Sanders, Robert Galvin, Motorola, Intel, AMD, IBM. It is a story of huge successes and devastating failures, bitter rivalries and enduring partnerships, hubris, genius and staggering wealth.
And that story has just begun. The Microprocessor: A Biography closes with a tantalizing look at the future - and the ongoing technology revolution the microprocessor will propel through the rest of our lives.

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Contents

A CALCULATING RISK
3
A REVOLUTION IN MINIATURE
23
FIRE WATER EARTH AND AIR
37
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Malone has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Fortune and The New York Times. He hosted three public television series including the PBS miniseries on social entrepreneurs, "The New Heroes." He is an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University, an associate fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University and a Distinguished Friend of Oxford.

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