ABOUT DAVID LAWS
David is a founding member of the Semiconductor Special Interest Group (Semi SIG) and as semiconductor curator he contributed to the Digital Logic and Memory & Storage galleries of the Museum's permanent exhibit. A physics major, he worked in Silicon Valley semiconductor companies, including Fairchild Semiconductor and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), in roles from engineer to CEO for more than 40 years. He has written extensively on topics from the pioneering days of the chip industry, to visiting gardens, to Steinbeck Country.
DAVID LAWS ARTICLES (9 )
Early Digital Research CP/M Source Code
3 weeks agoSoftware Gems: The Computer History Museum Historical Source Code Series By the time personal computers based on microprocessors began to emerge in the mid-1970s, programmers had been writing operating systems – the software that manages the... Read More
Gary Kildall and the 40th Anniversary of the Birth of the PC Operating System
8 months agoLate one afternoon in the fall of 1974, in the sleepy California seaside town of Pacific Grove, programmer Gary Kildall and electronic engineer John Torode “retired for the evening to take on the simpler task of... Read More
Who Invented the Diode?
12 months agoThe inventors of the transistor and the integrated circuit received Nobel Prizes. The engineering community marks anniversaries of their conception with conferences, banquets, and awards. Occasionally they are even celebrated in the popular media. So... Read More
Invention of the Planar Integrated Circuit & Other Stories from the Fairchild Notebooks
1 year agoThe Fairchild Notebooks: Silicon Valley’s Founding Documents, a temporary exhibit in the lobby of the Computer History Museum, displays three iconic volumes from the collection of Fairchild Semiconductor documents donated to the museum by Texas Instruments... Read More
The Fairchild Semiconductor Collection of Notebooks and Technical Papers
2 years agoPeople with knowledge, with training, with curiosity – these are the people of Research and Development at Fairchild Semiconductor. Theirs is the endless search for answers … answers to the questions which arise in the day-to-day... Read More
Hans Camenzind: Remembering a “Wizard of Analog”
2 years agoNinety-nine percent of modern computers and control systems rely on digital techniques for internal operation. However, these devices must serve the real world that is one-hundred percent analog. The phenomena of heat, light, and sound, for... Read More