ABOUT DAVID LAWS
As semiconductor curator for the museum, David has contributed to exhibits, conferences, articles, and the oral history collection. He worked in Silicon Valley semiconductor companies, including Fairchild Semiconductor, Altera, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), in roles from engineer to CEO for more than 40 years. He writes on topics from the pioneering days of the chip industry, to visiting gardens, to Steinbeck Country. His work has been published in broadcast, electronic, and print media formats, including the BBC and NPR, mobile apps, guide books, newspapers, magazines and academic journals.
DAVID LAWS ARTICLES (20)
Early Digital Research CP/M Source Code
October 01, 2014Software 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
February 26, 2014Late 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?
November 06, 2013The 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 why... Read More
Invention of the Planar Integrated Circuit & Other Stories from the Fairchild Notebooks
June 19, 2013The 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
March 22, 2013People 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”
September 21, 2012Ninety-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