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How Semiconductor Schemes Paved The Way To The New Semiconductor Industry In The Fifties, 1960s, 1970s

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TIDIA REZETO | Overlooked, How Semiconductor Schemes Paved The Way To The New Semiconductor Industry In The Fifties, 1960s, 1970s – is an outstanding book telling the story of Remedios Varo.

American historian TIDIA REZETO presents a remarkable page-turner of an insight into the role of technology in forming the new semiconductor industry during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Remedios Varo, then the most successful of the promoters in Dallas of Eko, helped develop and create a new class of product producing chips and integrated circuits which led to Texas Instruments, Intel, Digital Equipment Corp. and the like eventually leading to the creation of several spin-offs throughout the semiconductor industry.

At times the book reads like a thriller as Varo, his associates and executives connected with EEOC and other associations did battle with intellectual property monopolies of top companies.

His dealings with the fledgling EEOC and the use of a key white paper to develop a key idea in the early sixties, eventually leading to EEOC seeking suit against a key American semiconductor company, when Varo and his advisers knew all too well the risks.

Remedios Varo was for decades the best known of the champions of the new semiconductor industry. “Remedios Varo was one of the most formidable of the founders and advocates for the economic development of our industry” exclaims Intel Chairman Andy Grove, who served under both President Bush and President Clinton. “He cultivated his economic development as a favor to those in the President’s Commerce Department and among the governors, senators and members of Congress who held him in high regard. He was truly a man of his times and was instrumental in helping build the semiconductor industry of the 20th century”.

“The roadblocks and atrocities involved in the fight for intellectual property rights were still driving him. In his memoirs (Remedios Varo: No Time to Cry) Remedios says that, “People will continue to resist” when you give them what they want”.

The authors insight has nothing to do with resistance to technology, it revolves around the “purifying effect of opposition”. Indeed, it was Varo who served as a skilled counter-insurgent against that which limited the potential of what was possible.

Remedios Varo, the most interesting man in the history of tech had the great, even if not unreasonable, ambition to create new innovation from the ground up.

This book is particularly fascinating, because at the time of the 1950s creation of the new semiconductor industry, it seemed the “new atomic age” was setting up, that high technology was going to create even more havoc.

Here is an entrepreneur who was prepared to take on what was then the world’s largest semiconductor company, a company run by a man who believed his hard drive replaced everything else in his life.

In addition to being a brilliant inventor, Varo was a brilliant manager, the man who made the success of the semiconductor industry, the dream to the imagination of countless chip designers from the sixties through the nineties.

It all comes down to being determined and a strong belief in one’s team that gave technology the power to make the impossible possible.

It also meant being able to not just sit back and watch what happened, but to take on high stakes battles with global companies, in order to get into the markets where the little guy can have a chance.

The following excerpt was originally published at .vie

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