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SPICE Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis

From: Computer History Museum

The SPICE (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis) circuit simulator program celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011. SPICE was born as a class project at UC Berkeley and first released in 1971. This lecture is a roundtable discussion with Kim Hailey, Ken Kundert, Larry Nagel, Ron Rohrer who were responsible for the creation and world-wide propagation of this invaluable and universally used software program. Topics will include the origins, evolution, and future of SPICE, and its seminal role as early open-source software. The talk is moderated by Dave Hodges.

[on YouTube Recorded: February 23, 2011]

Triumph of the MOS Transistor at the Computer History Museum

From: Computer History Museum

The MOS (metal-oxide-semiconductor) transistor, the fundamental building block of digital electronics, is the base technology of late 20th and early 21st century. The story of its development is one of the key chapters in the history of the semiconductor and computing industries. After being the subject of extensive research and vigorous activity among semiconductor pioneers at companies like Fairchild, IBM, RCA, Bell Labs, Texas Instruments and Intel throughout the 1960s, the MOS transistor first achieved major usage in the 1970’s with DRAMs (Dynamic Random Access Memory) and microprocessors. When it became the industry standard in the 1980s, the door to the Digital Age was thrown wide open. As a result, tens of thousands of MOS enabled digital products have made their way into offices and homes worldwide, irrevocably changing the human experience.

This discussion focuses on the often-difficult path to mainstream acceptance of the MOS transistor and its lasting impact on computing and communications. Technology historian, Dr. Ross Bassett, chairs a conversation with three early MOS champions and semiconductor pioneers: David Hodges of Bell Labs and UC Berkeley; Dr. Lewis Terman of IBM and 2008 IEEE president; and Les Vadasz of Fairchild and Intel. Dr. Bassett moderates the discussion and authored the definitive book on the topic: “To the Digital Age, Research Labs, Start-up Companies, and the Rise of MOS Technology” from John Hopkins University Press.

[on YouTube Recorded July 13, 2010]

ISSCC - 1954 – 2003

ISSCC 50th Anniversary Virtual Museum

A showcase of 70 outstanding ideas spanning 50 years of solid-state circuits history. Hear Gordon Moore’s Plenary Presentation from the 50th Anniversary Conference

Signal Processing
Thanks to Lars E. Thon
Thanks to Albert Theuwissen
Thanks to David Robertson
Sensors and MEMS
Thanks to Dennis Polla
Communications Circuits
Thanks to Thomas H. Lee and Paul C. Davis
thanks to Jagdish Pathak
Microprocessors and Logic
Thanks to Ian Young and Jim Warnock
Thanks to David Pricer

ISSCC 50th Anniversary Events

To celebrate the 50th-anniversary of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference, a number of special program events have been planned.

ISSCC 50th Anniversary Museum Contributors