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391 San Antonio Road: The House that William Shockley Built (and Destroyed)

Once upon a time, the Santa Clara Valley was called the Valley of Heart’s Delight; the main industry was growing prunes; and there were orchards filled with apricot and cherry trees all over the place. Then in 1955, a future Nobel Prize winner named William Shockley moved back to the San Francisco Bay area where he’d been raised and set up shop in a rented, one-room Quonset hut located in Mountain View. The shop’s name was the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory. It was located at 391 San Antonio Road, close to El Camino Real.

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Why are the IEEE President and President-Elect speaking in Ft. Collins? Because…

I worked at HP in Ft. Collins, Colorado back in the 1970s. It was a heady experience. We were designing and building early, pre-PC desktop computers and we owned the market back then. The division I worked for eventually migrated to 32-bit workstations, chased from the desktop computer arena by IBM’s PC. Although there were/are some other tech companies in Ft. Collins—and a gigantic Budweiser brewery—it’s not really a tech town although I did take my first (and only) class in operating systems from a CSU (Colorado State University) professor from Ft. Collins, along … Read More → "Why are the IEEE President and President-Elect speaking in Ft. Collins? Because…"

Cattle Call

Last week at Intel’s Data-Centric Innovations Conference, a rude attendee sitting a few seats away from me in the auditorium persisted in using his mobile phone during presentations. He attempted to muffle his voice by covering his mouth with his hand but only succeeded in garbling his words. He didn’t manage to mask the annoying noise. (He did achieve his goal of making his conversation private while remaining an annoyance.) Well, a failed Kickstarter product called the BloxVox sought to profit from people like this boorish attendee.Read More → "Cattle Call"

EDPS (The Electronic Design Process Symposium) is Silicon Valley’s Hidden Gem, September 13-14, 2018

For twenty-five years, EDPS—the Electronic Design Process Symposium—has been probing the very limits of design. While it formerly took place in exotic locale of Sand City on Monterey Bay (an appropriate locale for a silicon-centric event, no?), this year it’s being held at the SEMI facility in Milpitas. The event has evolved; it’s focus expanded. In addition to the usual discussions of innovative and bleeding-edge design techniques, this year’s event includes sessions with expanded coverage of topics including:

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