Artifact Details

Title

Weitek oral history panel

Catalog Number

102746380

Type

Text

Date

2012-02-15

Contributor

Baker, G. Leonard, Jr., Panelist
Fairbairn, Doug, Editor
Farnow, Stephen, Panelist
House, Dave, Moderator
Roach, Everett, Panelist
Sun, Edmund, Panelist

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, California

Extent

38 p.

Description

This oral history involves an interview with 4 of the key personnel involved in the founding and product development at Weitek. They describe their motivations for forming the company, their business model and financing, and their early product development successes. Key challenges included being an early fabless semiconductor company before the foundry business was fully established. They also discuss the various reasons why Weitek was not successful over the long term.

Category

Transcription

Subject

semiconductor history; Qume; Calma Company; Collmeyer, Art; Lodge, Gerry; Innoven; Doerr, John; floating point units (FPU); coprocessor; Girand, Jeff; chromodynamics; VLSI Technology; SPARC; Sun Microsystems, Inc.; Oxaal; C-Cube; PostScript; Nvidia; S-3

Collection Title

Oral History Collection

Lot Number

X6384.2012