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 (14 )

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
Who Invented the IC?

Who Invented the IC?

  August 20, 2014
Christie’s auction sale notice (May 22, 2014) of the only known phase-shift oscillator circuit built by Nobel Prize winner Jack Kilby in private hands proclaimed him as the inventor “of the integrated circuit on a single...   Read More
Gary Kildall and the 40th Anniversary of the Birth of the PC Operating System

Gary Kildall and the 40th Anniversary of the Birth of the PC Operating System

  February 26, 2014
Late one afternoon in the fall of 1974, in the sleepy California seaside town of Pacific Grove, programmer Gary Kildall and electronic engineer John Torode “retired for the evening to take on the simpler task of...   Read More
Who Invented the Transistor?

Who Invented the Transistor?

  December 04, 2013
On reading my recent @CHM blog “Who invented the diode?” CHM senior curator Dag Spicer pointed me to a fascinating scholarly treatise, “Singletons and Multiples in Scientific Discovery: A Chapter in the Sociology of Science,” that...   Read More
Who Invented the Diode?

Who Invented the Diode?

  November 06, 2013
The inventors of the transistor and the integrated circuit received Nobel Prizes. The engineering community marks anniversaries of their conception with conferences, banquets, and awards. Occasionally they are even celebrated in the popular media. So why...   Read More