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Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Best Silicon Valley Reality Show Since Shark Tank

Via PBS: The ‘traitorous eight’ who founded
Fairchild Semiconductor.
From left: Gordon Moore, Sheldon Roberts,
Eugene Kleiner, Robert Noyce,  Victor Grinich, Julius Blank,
Jean Hoerni and Jay Last.

Finally A PBS Show Worth Watching: Learn about the pioneering scientists who transformed rural Santa Clara County into the hub of technological ingenuity we now know as Silicon Valley.



In 1957, before Apple and Google, before stock-option millionaires and billionaire venture capitalists, a group of eight brilliant young scientists defected from the Shockley Semiconductor Company in order to start their own transistor company, Fairchild Semiconductor, a company whose radical innovations helped make the United States a leader in both space exploration and the personal computer revolution, transforming the way the world works, plays and communicates. Silicon Valley premieres February 19, 2013 at 9/8c on PBS.

SILICON VALLEY tells the story of the pioneering scientists who transformed rural Santa Clara County into the hub of technological ingenuity we now know as Silicon Valley. The film spotlights the creativity of the young men who founded Fairchild Semiconductor, in particular the brilliant, charismatic young physicist Robert Noyce. Their radical innovations would include the integrated circuit that helped make the United States a leader in both space exploration and the personal computer revolution, transforming the way the world works, plays and communicates, making possible everything from the Apollo program to smart phones, from pacemakers to microwaves.

According to Tech Crunch: "Those who dreaded the ‘Silicon Valley’ reality TV series that aired this past year on Bravo did not have much to worry about after all. The show received mostly negative reviews and had a lackluster performance in the ratings department, and it doesn’t seem likely to return — at least not to chronicle the tech scene here in California."

"But today we got word of a new TV show also dubbed ‘Silicon Valley’ that seems like it should be really worth watching. The PBS history series American Experience has made a new documentary focused on what fueled the fire for Silicon Valley and the modern tech industry’s earliest days — the founding of Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 by the then 29-year-old Robert Noyce, an icon in Silicon Valley who a young Steve Jobs later counted as a key mentor."

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Hat Tip: Shaun Morton


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