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Moore’s Law GDP Value ...
13 Feb 2015

How the Moore’s Law raises income in relationship to the economies of the ...

How the Moore’s Law raises income in relationship to the economies of the United States and the World. ... See more
The lady bug and the microch ...

This is a children's story about Little Lil the ladybug and her journey across a ...

This is a children's story about Little Lil the ladybug and her journey across a silicon wafer and down into a semiconductor integrated circuit. It was created to help kids get a visual sense out of what microm ...See more
Moore's Law 101: The Math an ...
19 Apr 1965

Moore’s Law has morphed into many things over its life. But what is it â ...

Moore’s Law has morphed into many things over its life. But what is it … Really! Here it is explained in a short simple summary. — G. Dan Hutcheson ... See more
How a semiconductor wafer is ...

It Really Does Start With Sand . . . This series of images show how silicon wafe ...

It Really Does Start With Sand . . . This series of images show how silicon wafers are made from sand, purifying the silicon and then growing single crystal ingots that look like huge sausages. ... See more
HOW A CHIP IS MADE

How We Do It . . .

How We Do It . . . ... See more
HOW THE TRANSISTOR WORKS

Microprocessors are essential to many of the products we use every day such as t ...

Microprocessors are essential to many of the products we use every day such as televisions, cars, radios, home appliances, and, of course, computers. Transistors are the main components of microprocessors. ... See more
It’s always about bad or g ...

Every corporate problem is ultimately a management or leadership issue. If it i ...

Every corporate problem is ultimately a management or leadership issue. If it isn’t, a company is in trouble because they are not leading. If they are not leading, they have given up control of their destin ...See more
CEOs must make on-the-spot d ...

Advantest, JSR, and TEL: Why they were so successful when so many others failed.

Advantest, JSR, and TEL: Why they were so successful when so many others failed. ... See more
Elephants can innovate

Does real innovation only occur in small companies? Not true: here are some big ...

Does real innovation only occur in small companies? Not true: here are some big companies that have shown how to innovate. ... See more
Price – It’s not the fir ...

It is a common error to think that price is the first decision point for a buyer ...

It is a common error to think that price is the first decision point for a buyer. Now in a B2C ‘want’ based decision, a price range may be needed up front for the buyer to decide if they can afford it or to ...See more
Develop products on needs an ...

Then, wants and features will drop out. Don’t confuse the two. A need can be ...

Then, wants and features will drop out. Don’t confuse the two. A need can be identified because it is always associated with a benefit the customer receives when it is fulfilled. In the case of marketing t ...See more
Risk versus Uncertainty in F ...

Risk is when an outcome’s probability is known. Uncertainty is when an outcom ...

Risk is when an outcome’s probability is known. Uncertainty is when an outcome’s probability is unknown. Know which is which before you weigh your decisions ... See more
Introduction to Maxims of Te ...

How to thrive in the extreme sport of business: These maxims compile much of the ...

How to thrive in the extreme sport of business: These maxims compile much of the wisdom G Dan Hutcheson learned over the years working with most of the world’s foremost technology companies and executives whi ...See more
Winners take ownership of pr ...

No one ever fixed a problem that wasn’t theirs. Problems are opportunities, s ...

No one ever fixed a problem that wasn’t theirs. Problems are opportunities, so blaming others leaves the opportunities for others. ... See more
Monetization - The first tha ...

When does the innovation clock start: With the idea, with the first paper, with ...

When does the innovation clock start: With the idea, with the first paper, with the first alpha tool, or who’s first to create value? ... See more
How Japan Lost its Semicondu ...
25 Jul 1992

The 5 strategic causes behind the long-term failure of Japan’s Semiconduc ...

The 5 strategic causes behind the long-term failure of Japan’s Semiconductor industry are covered in this paper. Some were of their own making. Others were macroeconomic tsunami's that could not have bee ...See more
Dave Markle: Ultratech/Perki ...

Dave Markle, Senior Vice President & Chief Technical Officer at Ultratech, descr ...

Dave Markle, Senior Vice President & Chief Technical Officer at Ultratech, describes what math and science have done for him and what inspired him to be an engineer. ... See more
What Math & Science Have Don ...
01 Jan 2011

Debbora Ahlgren describes what math and science have done for her. Find out why ...

Debbora Ahlgren describes what math and science have done for her. Find out why she never gave up and how it has enriched her life. ... See more
Using Math & Science and Get ...

Per-Ove Hansson on using Math & Science and getting paid good money to see the w ...

Per-Ove Hansson on using Math & Science and getting paid good money to see the world. ... See more
Yan Borodovsky: Breaking the ...
13 Sep 2007

Ever wonder how innovation really happens? Think it's someone sitting back and d ...

Ever wonder how innovation really happens? Think it's someone sitting back and dreaming up an idea? In this video, Yan Borodovsky, describes how it starts with a nuisance that grows until you do something about ...See more
Minds & Machines: Do You Hav ...

Making chips is about driving machines better than a Formula 1 to their limit.

Making chips is about driving machines better than a Formula 1 to their limit. ... See more
Math, Science, & our Country ...
07 Nov 2007

Charlie Sporck explains why Math and Science are important for the economy and t ...

Charlie Sporck explains why Math and Science are important for the economy and the society as a whole. ... See more
What Math & Science Have Don ...

Mark Bohr, Intel Senior Fellow, describes what math and science have done for hi ...

Mark Bohr, Intel Senior Fellow, describes what math and science have done for him. Find out why they are so important and how they can enrich your life. ... See more
Gary Patton: What Math & Sci ...

Gary Patton never knew he wanted to be a scientist when he was a kid.

Gary Patton never knew he wanted to be a scientist when he was a kid. ... See more
Images in Semiconductor Hist ...
16 Jun 2008

Key events drawn from archived documents in VLSI's library. These documents have ...

Key events drawn from archived documents in VLSI's library. These documents have been carefully selected for their historical significance. ... See more

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