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Author: Bo Lojek
ISBN13: 978-3540689201
Title: History of Semiconductor Engineering
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Language: English
Category: Engineering
Publisher: Springer; 2007 edition (December 28, 2006)
Pages: 387

History of Semiconductor Engineering by Bo Lojek

I really enjoyed the author's personal narrative of the growth of the semiconductor history. His view is not the normal public relations machine written history we normally read. His views come with a twist (for example: the author writes about Dr Shockley in a more positive manner than a recent biography) and it is fun to read despite the issue listed below.

History of semiconductor. History of Semiconductor Engineering. Lojek, Bo. 2006, Approx. Hardcover ISBN: 3-540-34257-5. Then, why should there be another book about the history of semiconductors? Because we have not been told the truth! Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

History of Semiconductor Engineering With 319 Figures, 1 in Color. Dr. Bo Lojek ATMEL Corporation 1150 E. Cheyenne Mtn. Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80906, USA e-mail: blojekl. With this book I want also to pay a tribute to the memory of William B. Shockley. In my entire life I have not met a more creative and resilient person than William B.

History of Semiconductor Engineering. Your book is going to make a major contribution to semiconductor history. You and I agree that, while the world loves a hero, semiconductor progress depended on the efforts and ideas of a large number of people, and that moving forward depended on contributors going back a few decades in some cases.

Bo Lojek gets it right! There are few industries as dynamic as semiconductors and the history of the semiconductor industry is still unfolding. This book gives history of the people, places and the technology that resulted in today's semiconductor industry.

Bo Lojek received his P. in Solid State Physics from Charles University in Prague. He joined the semiconductor industry in the middle of the nineteen sixties and has been working in the industry since then. Currently, he is the Principal Engineer in Atmel Corporation and Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. He holds over thirty patents, most of them on the nonvolatile memory cell. Библиографические данные. Издание: иллюстрированное.

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1 HISTORY OF SEMICONDUCTOR ENGINEERING Bo Lojek ATMEL Corporation 1150 E. Colorado Springs, CO B. Lojek & & 06/19/06.

This book provides a unique account of the history of integrated circuit, the microelectronics industry and the people involved in the development of transistor and integrated circuit. In this richly illustrated account the author argues that the group of inventors was much larger than originally thought. This is a personal recollection providing the first comprehensive behind-the-scenes account of the history of the integrated circuit.

Reviews: 7
I know the author, Bo Lojek, whom I consider a friend. For purposes of full disclosure, several years ago I prepared patent applications on his inventions. Setting friendship and business aside (I no longer work for Bo or his employer), Bo's book is a valuable historical document because Bo was there, at a certain time and place in semiconductor history when the events that he describes transpired, going back to the early days of Silicon Valley. He personally knew the people at Fairchild Semiconductor, National Semiconductor and other companies that he describes. His book is a rich sharing of personal knowledge of people and events, memorabilia and research. His memorabilia includes advertising, correspondence, photographs and explanatory diagrams, some coming from patents. Of particular interest is research into semiconductor patents and inventions. While much is written about digital circuits and their history, Bo has a significant amount of material dealing with the history of linear semiconductors about which little is written. This is a great book for anyone interested in the history of Silicon Valley and semiconductor engineering.
This is a rare work of excellence almost without equal in the huge geek/chip literature. If you don't own it, you will regret it! I was there when it all happened and Bo has it RIGHT ON!
The author gives an interesting account of the tumultuous development of the semiconductor industry. He is unapologetic in expressing his feeling towards many icons of the industry, often in contrary to the conventional views. He advocates the idea that creative people are necessarily eccentric. The book is titled "History", but it reads more like a memoir. In between the events and the names of many people, the author fills in some technical details, such as recipes for transistor fabrication and IC circuitry.

However, the $120 price tag seems unjustified; get it from the library and I don't see the need to keep it in your personal library.
I'd buy it -- if I could afford it !

Yes, I know that's not a review. But I'm almost certain that the author and publisher would make more money if the price were lower (ref: price-volume curve). I buy tons of math, science, and engineering books. If this book had a reasonable price, I would have bought it five years ago. I can't be the only one. Clearly, Springer is pricing books for libraries, not individuals. Maybe it works for obscure journals. But for this book, it's not the way to go.
I really enjoyed the author's personal narrative of the growth of the semiconductor history. His view is not the normal public relations machine written history we normally read. His views come with a twist (for example: the author writes about Dr Shockley in a more positive manner than a recent biography) and it is fun to read despite the issue listed below. My wife's response was humorous when I told her about his research material accounting for 672 square feet of material -- her response was "no, no and NO."

The reason this book is not rated higher is because the narrative flow is marred by inadequate (if not missing attempts at) proofreading. I believe the esteemed publisher should be ashamed to pawn a book off as professional when the grammar is questionable in many places and many words are misspelled, missing (ie 'the', 'an' etc) or wrong (ie 'let' vs 'led' or 'and' vs 'nad'). The scary part is I'm not a proper English usage fanatic but this book is so bad that my wife had to listen to me rant and rave every few minutes when I found another English problem. Once I found a number of errors, it was very easy to note a bunch of others which is very distracting.

If you get past this grammar outrage, you can enjoy this unique book.
Prince Persie
I am a graduate student specializing in IC Design. I must say this is an interesting read. The narrative can be a little bit dry, with a lot of names, dates, etc that does not necessarily enhance the storyline in any bit, but just making the book more historically complete. It is a pleasure to read for a practicing engineer like myself, but it can be a very alien book for even an electrical engineer who does not do board/chip design on a regular basis. The author simply assumes that the reader is familiar with all the popular product lines from companies like national and linear, etc - this can be a serious impediment for this book to get a wider acceptance.

The voice of the author tends to fall into the "Dilbert" stereotype, in a way venerating the eccentric but extremely smart engineers (like Shockley and others) while demonizing management-types (like Gordon Moore). I feel that the author went a little bit too far with his point that these broken geniuses are the one responsible for the success of the semiconductor industries and the management types took advantage of them. For a young buck like myself, I don't know if this is true or not. But this rather extreme viewpoint of the author certainly cast a shadow upon the objectivity of the author's account as a historian.

But overall, this is still a good read for practicing circuit designers. It certainly got good endorsements from the industry big names