The History of Silicon Valley

Monday, February 04, 2013

Randall MacLowry, director of “Silicon Valley,” looks at the early high tech pioneers that transformed a fertile valley in California into a hub of technological ingenuity. In 1957 a group of eight brilliant young men defected from the Shockley Semiconductor Company in order to start their own transistor company. Their radical innovations helped make the United States a leader in both space exploration and the personal computer revolution. “Silicon Valley” premieres on American Experience February 5, 9- 10:30 p.m. on PBS.


Randall MacLowry

Comments [3]

John A

Noyce told it with humor that defense imperatives were to print smaller and smaller transistors and then cut them apart, only to reassemble them. He just wanted the connections to be made without the extra step.

Feb. 04 2013 12:57 PM
John A.

Shocking thing may be that 45 years of continual improvements in transistors may have reached its limit. Segue to quantum computing perhaps.
Will be watching and likely will buy the DVD too :)

Feb. 04 2013 12:52 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

The invention of the transistor, which was responsible for modern electronics, was invented on the East Coast, in Bell Labs in New Jersey.
Shockley, Bardeen and Brittain were its co-founders.

Every electronic device has billions of transistors embedded in it to form the embedded computers in all our devices today. Shockley was a maniac which is why his workers left to form Fairchild, INtel and other spinoffs.

Feb. 04 2013 12:49 PM

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