Artifact Details

Title

The Origin, Evolution, and Future of the Semiconductor Industry, lecture by Lester Hogan

Catalog Number

102703083

Type

Moving Image

Date

1983-05-05

Credits

Hogan, C. Lester

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Boston, MA, US

Identifying Numbers

Deprecated CHM identification number VT 215.89
Deprecated CHM identification number VT 227.89
Deprecated CHM identification number VT 275.89
Deprecated CHM identification number VT 64.83

Dimensions

10" cassette

Format

Betacam SP

Description

In this lecture, former Motorola and Fairchild executive Lester Hogan tells his version of the history of the microchip from its infancy and birth, which he describes as the invention of the point-contact transistor at Bell Labs on December 23, 1947. Hogan details how William Shockley quickly realized the potential of Bell Labs’ discovery and within weeks he had written the seminal paper on the PN-junction transistor. He describes the ensuing tidal wave of resources poured into the industry, and also the obstacles these resources were intended to overcome throughout the 1950s. Hogan talks about the major corporate players in the semiconductor industry in the 1950s and 1960s, and why some succeeded and some failed. State-of-the-art manufacturing techniques are analyzed, and Hogan concludes the lecture with prognostications about the semiconductor industry’s future from his vantage point in 1983.

Category

Lecture