Why Tech Tales are Wafer Thin in Hollywood

Why Tech Tales are Wafer Thin in Hollywood
by Craig Addison on 04-25-2021 at 10:00 am

Chip Warriors

Mad scientists have been a staple of Hollywood science fiction since Dr Victor Frankenstein created his eponymous monster in 1931. Pre-pandemic, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was the main source of on-screen geeks-turned-superheroes, from Iron Man’s Tony Stark to Ant Man’s Hank Pym.

When it comes to real-life scientists on… Read More


Podcast EP6: The Traitorous Eight and Fairchild Semiconductor

Podcast EP6: The Traitorous Eight and Fairchild Semiconductor
by Daniel Nenni on 02-05-2021 at 10:00 am

Dan and Mike are joined by John East, a silicon valley industry veteran who takes you on a tour of the very foundation of Silicon Valley and venture capital. John explores the beginnings of these key parts of the world as we know it today and explains who the Traitorous Eight are and what role they played.

Biography
John East retired… Read More


Fairchild’s Death March

Fairchild’s Death March
by John East on 07-22-2019 at 6:00 am

Death of Fairchild

The “20 Questions with John East” series continues

How did it end for Fairchild?  Badly!!!

In 1966 Fairch was the number one supplier of integrated circuits.  That was as it should have been.  After all,  Fairch had invented the IC.  But in 1967 TI passed them.  Still, Fairch remained a strong #2.  By the time that the mid-seventies… Read More


20 Questions with John East

20 Questions with John East
by John East on 05-21-2019 at 10:00 am

In 1967 I was a grad student at Cal Berkeley.  In December of that year my wife to be and I got engaged to be married.  I was supposed to get my master’s degree in December of ’68, but once we worked out all the details we realized that I’d have to go to school over the summer of ’68 and get the degree in September.  We were broke and couldn’t … Read More


My Life at Fairchild Semiconductor – 1979

My Life at Fairchild Semiconductor – 1979
by Mark Rioux on 11-29-2015 at 8:00 pm

This week it was announced that Fairchild Semiconductor was sold to On Semiconductor for $2.4B. The end of an era. As I look back at my career of 36 years with the only company that I have worked for since graduating college, I can’t help but feel a bit sad but extremely grateful for the wonderful experience that Fairchild has … Read More


ON to acquire Fairchild: pioneers join together

ON to acquire Fairchild: pioneers join together
by Bill Jewell on 11-24-2015 at 7:00 pm

Last week ON Semiconductor announced it had agreed to acquire Fairchild Semiconductor for $2.4 billion. The combined company will be a major player in power analog and power discretes. It also combines two companies with ties to the beginning of the semiconductor industry.

Fairchild Semiconductor was founded in 1957 when eight… Read More