Artifact Details

Title

Hollins, Brian E. oral history

Catalog Number

102739964

Type

Text

Date

2014-11-04

Contributor

Dennis, Eric, Videographer
Hollins, Brian, Interviewee
Laws, David, Interviewer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, California

Extent

35 p.

Format

PDF

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

Brian E. Hollins was born and educated in England where he earned a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering in 1961. He worked as a design engineer before moving to California in 1966 to join Fairchild Semiconductor as a process/product engineer for transistors and integrated circuits (ICs). In 1968 he moved to National Semiconductor, Santa Clara, CA, where he served for 13 years in engineering and product line management positions for digital and linear ICs as the company grew from a few hundred to 13,000 employees. In 1981 he was one of four senior managers who spun off to found Linear Technology Corporation, Milpitas, CA, to focus on high-performance linear (analog) devices. As Vice President of Operations, Brian was responsible for all aspects of manufacturing, including designing, building, staffing, and managing wafer fabrication, test, and assembly facilities in California and subcontractors in Asia. He retired from the company in 1991 at which time Linear had emerged as one of the most highly respected and profitable companies in the analog IC business.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Wafer fabrication; Analog; Linear; integrated circuit; Fairchild Semiconductor; semiconductor history; National Semiconductor Corporation; Linear Technology; Chidlow, Maurice; Lamond, Pierre; Smullen, Roger; Sporck, Charlie; Dobkin, Bob; Swanson, Bob; Diller, Jim; Khadder, Wadie

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X7284.2015