The Silicon Eye: Microchip Swashbucklers and the Future of High-Tech InnovationPaperback Enterprise (W.W. Norton Paperback)
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- Publisher: WW Norton & Co
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 198mm x 23mm | 272g
- Publication date: 17 May 2006
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0393328414
- ISBN 13: 9780393328417
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Sales rank: 910,148
Thanks to the digital technology revolution, cameras are everywhere-PDAs, phones, anywhere you can put an imaging chip and a lens. Battling to usurp this two-billion-dollar market is a Silicon Valley company, Foveon, whose technology not only produces a superior image but also may become the eye in artificially intelligent machines. Behind Foveon are two legendary figures who made the personal computer possible: Carver Mead of Caltech, one of the founding fathers of information technology, and Federico Faggin, inventor of the CPU-the chip that runs every computer. George Gilder has covered the wizards of high tech for twenty-five years and has an insider's knowledge of Silicon Valley and the unpredictable mix of genius, drive, and luck that can turn a startup into a Fortune 500 company. The Silicon Eye is a rollicking narrative of some of the smartest-and most colorful-people on earth and their race to transform an entire industry.
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George Gilder, the best-selling author of numerous books-including Telecosm, Microcosm, and The Spirit of Enterprise-also publishes the influential Gilder Technology Report. He lives in Tyringham, Massachusetts.
"Proof that the spell of the Valley, after decades of booms and busts, is alive and well." -- David Kushner "Like Foveon's founders, Mr. Gilder wants to understand vision, albeit of a different kind: the vision of innovators... The unpredictable disorder of markets is, in Microsoft parlance, not a bug but a feature. That's a lesson that Mr. Gilder's book drives home."