This page includes resources related to the history and notable people of Semiconductors Industry . History and people who left a legacy behind will become quite an inspiration and fuel the passion in people who are part of the industry.
Here is a 20 years old yet beautiful documentary covering the history of the “Transistor” and the three famous people behind it. This is developed by PBS.
Here is the old yet complete series covering “The Electronics Industry in Japan” which is even before the invention of the transistor. Though it lost the game, Japan played an important role in the development of Semiconductors industry. This 4-part series by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan, tries to cover the Japan’s contribution to the industry.
- Part – 1 : Birth of the transistor – Click here
- Covering the first connections of Japanese people with the US Semiconductors Industry
- Part – 2 : Circuits in stone – Click here
- Covering how they caught up with the changes in the transistor models, the integrated circuit and replicated it and more about the “Transistor” radio.
- Part – 3 : Calculator Wars –Click here
- How the Calculators improved and was boosted by the invention of IC
- Part -4 : The Technology giant of the micron world – Click here
Eventually, Japan lost its hold in the late 1990s on the market share. Check out the article on Chip History website covering it – Click here
Here is the Asianometry video on “How Americans Won Back Semiconductors from Japan”. This is really an interesting video understanding the strategies they followed ( more correct term would be mimicked ) from Japan – Click here
Here is another LinkedIn post series by Kumar Priyadarshi who covered the “The stalwarts of Semiconductor industry” in 10 posts –
- Vinod Dham – Indian Scientist who is the Father of Pentium Microprocessor Chip
- Pat Gelsinger –A CPU Designer Who Changed The World
- Schockley, B&B– Who didn’t profit from their inventions
- Morris Chang- A failed Phd Candidate who founded world’s biggest semicon foundry
- Jayant Baliga: IGBT Designer enabling negative carbon footprint
- Jack Kilby- A weird vacation policy that resulted in the biggest invention of 20th century
- Fujio Masuoka- Inventing Memory, but Feeling Forgotten
- John L. Hennessy- The godfather of Silicon Valley
- Irwin Jacobs- Ridiculed hotel management student turned billionaire
- Robert Noyce- The man behind the microchip
Here is the LinkedIn post series by Kumar Priyadarshi who covered the “Story of Semiconductor Giants” in 10 posts –
- How did TSMC get to rule the world?
- How SCL rode India’s electronics wave until 1989 accidental fire
- How Singapore, became an Asian semiconductor hub in 10 years
- How Singapore has continued its Semiconductor play in the last 30 years
- How Samsung Inspires the world & creates the future
- How Intel lost a won game and is now desperate to win again
- The mythological rise of AMD
- The ghost of invention – BellLabs
- The $150 Million Machine Keeping Moore’s Law Alive – ASML
- A non-China pure play foundry: Globalfoundries