ABOUT DAVID LAWS

David is a founding member of the Semiconductor Special Interest Group (Semi SIG) and as semiconductor curator he contributed to the Digital Logic and Memory & Storage galleries of the Museum's permanent exhibit. A physics major, he worked in Silicon Valley semiconductor companies, including Fairchild Semiconductor and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), in roles from engineer to CEO for more than 40 years. He has written extensively on topics from the pioneering days of the chip industry, to visiting gardens, to Steinbeck Country.

DAVID LAWS ARTICLES (18)

Fairchild Semiconductor: The 60th Anniversary of a Silicon Valley Legend

Fairchild Semiconductor: The 60th Anniversary of a Silicon Valley Legend

  6 days ago
President Eisenhower’s Civil Rights Act, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, and the launch of Sputnik by the Soviet Union were respectively important social, cultural, and technical news stories of 1957. There is one event that...   Read More
Harry Sello: Silicon Pioneer and Industry Personality (1921–2017)

Harry Sello: Silicon Pioneer and Industry Personality (1921–2017)

  April 14, 2017
June 1968, I checked in at the lobby of the Fairchild R&D facility on Miranda Drive in Palo Alto. A distinguished gentleman with a huge grin rushed towards me and, energetically pumping my hand, greeted me...   Read More
Fairchild, Fairchildren, and the Family Tree of Silicon Valley

Fairchild, Fairchildren, and the Family Tree of Silicon Valley

  December 20, 2016
Sixty years after its founding in 1957, Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation is celebrated as “The First Trillion Dollar Startup.”1 Through an unprecedented series of technical, business, and cultural innovations, the company spawned hundreds of ventures that established...   Read More
Silicon Valley: A Century of Entrepreneurial Innovation

Silicon Valley: A Century of Entrepreneurial Innovation

  September 20, 2016
The entrepreneurial, technology-driven roots of today’s Silicon Valley sprouted long before Google’s algorithms, Apple’s two Steves, Fairchild’s chipmeisters, or the egalitarian management innovations of Hewlett and Packard. Eager emissaries from less prosperous regions of the nation...   Read More
Beckman, Shockley and the 60th Anniversary of the Birth of Silicon Valley

Beckman, Shockley and the 60th Anniversary of the Birth of Silicon Valley

  February 10, 2016
Sixty years ago, on February 14, 1956, two remarkable people addressed a luncheon for scientists, educators and the press at San Francisco’s Hotel St. Francis. One of the speakers would become one of the most successful...   Read More
The Storage Engine: A Timeline of Milestones in Storage Technology

The Storage Engine: A Timeline of Milestones in Storage Technology

  November 24, 2015
Together with semiconductor chips and software, storage devices serve as one of the three fundamental drivers powering the digital revolution. Semiconductor integrated circuits include the processors that manipulate data in accordance with software instructions and information...   Read More
The Rise of TTL: How Fairchild Won a Battle But Lost the War

The Rise of TTL: How Fairchild Won a Battle But Lost the War

  July 13, 2015
Transistor Transistor Logic (TTL) is a digital integrated circuit (IC) technology so named because the input gating structure is performed by transistors rather than diodes, resistors and capacitors of earlier logic switches. Introduced in the early...   Read More
Moore’s Law@50: “The most important graph in human history”

Moore’s Law@50: “The most important graph in human history”

  April 15, 2015
Moore’s “Law” is not a law of nature or science but an observation by Gordon E. Moore, Director of the Fairchild Semiconductor Research and Development Laboratories in Palo Alto, CA in 1965 that evolved over the...   Read More
“Who named Silicon Valley?”

“Who named Silicon Valley?”

  January 07, 2015
Happy Birthday Silicon Valley Courtesy: Ms Silicon Valley January 11, 2015 marks the 44th anniversary of the first known appearance in print of the name “Silicon Valley.”  There are many opinions on how the former, bucolic...   Read More
Early Digital Research CP/M Source Code

Early Digital Research CP/M Source Code

  October 01, 2014
Software Gems: The Computer History Museum Historical Source Code Series By the time personal computers based on microprocessors began to emerge in the mid-1970s, programmers had been writing operating systems – the software that manages the...   Read More