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2014 Year End Review + More Info on Stanford’s Silicon Valley Archives

The IEEE SV Tech History committee fulfilled its mandate by holding four technical meetings in 2014.  It was a close call as three of those meetings occured in the last three months of the year.

Our committee’s charter is to have at least four technical meetings per year that will educate, inform and raise the level of awareness of technology history indigenous to greater silicon valley.  In addition, we are open and receptive to holding joint meetings with other IEEE Societies, groups, committees as well as other tech non profit organizations.   Our website complements our meetings and provides information on IEEE Milestones as well as upcoming tech history meetings in silicon valley.

Note that we are not a musuem.  We don’t collect anything and we don’t do oral histories.  Those are both done by the Computer History Museum and the Stanford Silicon Valley Archives (see Oct 2014 and Dec 2014 meetings below).

All of our meetings since inception are listed below, in reverse chronological order:

Dec 2: Perspective of Stanford Archives & Process & Methodology for SV Tech History Research

Panelists: ​Leslie Berlin, Historian of Silicon Valley & author of biography of Bob Noyce​  & Henry Lowood, Curator at Stanford University; Manager-Silicon Genesis Project​​

Moderator: Alan J Weissberger, IEEE Sr Life Member

The link to the Silicon Genesis oral histories is here. In addition, a very small fraction of their holdings is listed here.

Invitation: tech artifacts/data-books/notebooks related to SV tech history may be donated to the Stanford SV Archives. Contact: lowood@stanford.edu

Video of this outstanding event is here.

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Nov 5:  Early History of Silicon Valley​ (4 time periods covered)

Panelists:  Ted Hoff, PhD (x-Intel) & Norm Pond (“Tube Guys”)​

Moderator: Paul Wesling, IEEE SF Bay Area Council​

->97 attendees were treated to a spectacular program!​

Video and snippets/segments are here

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 Oct 9:  History & Origins of Computer History Museum (CHM), Current Status & Future Directions

Panelists:  Len Shustek, CHM Chairman & John Hollar, CHM CEO/President​

Moderator:  Alan J Weissberger, IEEE Sr Life Member

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April  28: History of Wired LAN Competition
Moderator:  Geoff Thompson, former Chair of IEEE 802.3 Ethernet WG; long time contributor to IEEE ComSoc & IEEE member discussion group
Panelists:
  • Joe Skorupa (Gartner) – various “Route 128″ MA networking companies
  • Tom Slykhouse (SurveyMonkey)- FDDI advocate of the period
  • Dan Pitt – (Open Networking Foundation) Token Ring advocate of the period
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2013 Meetings (the committee was officially formed in Sept 2013):

Nov 2013:  Thin Film Memories (joint meeting with IEEE Magnetics)
Moderator:  Tom Coughlin, IEEE Region 6 Director Elect

Opening Remarks & Committee Objectives: Alan J Weissberger, IEEE Sr Life Member

Video is here

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Oct 2013  Intel’s Transition from Semiconductor Memory to Microprocessor Company (Hosted by IEEE CNSV thanks to Brian Berg!)
Panelists: Ted Hoff, PhD & Dave House, MSEE – Intel icons
Moderator: Alan J Weissberger, IEEE Sr Life Member
A standing room only crowd of ~85 people attended after the venue was changed the day of the event.
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If you’d like to volunteer for the committee, or have any comments, suggestions, or feedback on past or future meetings please contact: aweissberger@sbcglobal.net
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If you’d like to be added to our email list, please contact: brianberg@gmail.com
Have a wonderful holiday season; a happy, healthy & prosperous new year!
All best
Alan

2 Responses to “2014 Year End Review + More Info on Stanford’s Silicon Valley Archives”

  1. Norm Pond says:

    Dear Alan,

    We enjoyed the Tuesday Dec 2nd IEEE SV Tech History meeting very much.

    I was impressed with your deft handling of the kibitzers from the audience!
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    Seems to me that the primary obstacle in the way of disclosing what Lockheed (and other defense electronics companies) did /does, is the fact that most of the work was and is classified.

    Regards,

    Norm
    “The Tube Guys”

  2. We are planning a meeting on the SV Semiconductor Companies in Silicon Valley in the late 1960s thru 1970s. If you know of any qualified panelists, please contact:

    aweissberger@sbcglobal.net
    Thx
    Alan

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