TitleFairbairn, Douglas oral history
|Brock, David C., Interviewer|
|Fairbairn, Doug, Interviewee|
|Hansen, Hsu, Interviewer|
|Laws, David, Interviewer|
|Weber, Marc, Interviewer|
PublisherComputer History Museum
Place of PublicationMountain View, CA
DescriptionIn this oral history, Doug describes his early interest in rockets and space, amateur radio, and his decision to pursue electrical engineering as a career. He entered Stanford University in 1966 and graduated with an MSEE degree in 1971. He spent 8 years at Xerox PARC, where he worked on the POLOS program, VLSI design methodologies, and the NoteTaker portable personal computer.
He left Xerox in 1980 to pursue work on Lambda Magazine and to become a founder of VLSI Technology. At VLSI, he headed a design tool group initially, but eventually took over the whole ASIC business.
In 1990, he left VLSI Technology and co-founded Redwood Design Automation, a software design tool company. Redwood was purchased by Cadence in 1994, at which time Doug became the General Manager of the Alta Group at Cadence.
Since leaving Cadence in 1998, Doug has served on the Boards of a number of small companies. Since 2007, he has pursued a dual career, working at the Computer History Museum and running his own photography business.
SubjectXerox PARC; POLOS (PARC On-Line Office System); NoteTaker; Mead, Carver; Conway, Lynn; Lampda Magazine; VLSI Design Magazine; VLSI Technology; VTI; Redwood Design Automation; Alta Group; Rowson, Jim; Cadence; Comdisco Systems
CreditCOmputer History Museum
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