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Family History and Early Life Experiences 1
Separation from parents at an early age. Living in the Netherlands and being adopted to Israel. Transition from the Netherlands to Israel. Early interest in how electrons moved and attraction to study electronics.
Studying electrical engineering at Technion University. Motivation to continue graduate studies at the United States. Attending University of California, Berkeley, and obtaining a master's degree in electrical engineering working with switching diodes.
Career at Fairchild Semiconductor and higher education 5
Interviewing and deciding to work at Fairchild. Working in the digital integrated electronics department while continuing to pursue a Ph.D. at Berkeley. Corporate atmosphere at Fairchild. MOS device research and working with Andrew Grove. Suggestion of establishing research activity at Israel Interest in MNOS that led to Ph.D. thesis. Initial impression of Gordon Moore, Andrew Grove, Robert Noyce, and Leslie Vadasz. The formation of Intel Corporation and decision to stay at Fairchild while finishing up at Berkeley. Impact of key personnel leaving Fairchild.
Early Professional Development at Intel 14
Obtaining Ph.D. from Berkeley and starting at Intel. Investigation of MOS instability leading to serendipitous invention of EPROM (erasable programmable read only memory).
Invention of EPROM 20
Differences between working in a R&D laboratory and a start-up company. First project working on a multi-chip assembly feasibility project. Decision to drop the project by Gordon Moore and resuming research on MNOS memories. Troubleshooting instability problems in the 1101. Inspirations from solving the instability problem leading to EPROM. Presenting EPROM to Gordon Moore, fine tuning and product development. Gordon Moore's support of the project and connection between EPROM and the microprocessor.
Marketing and success of EPROM 30
Internal struggle to produce the chip and external skepticism. Successful demonstration of EPROM at the ISSCC (International Solid State Circuits Conference). Realization of connection between EPROM and the microprocessor.
Temporary teaching position in Africa 37
Feeling of completion at Intel and desire to travel to Africa. Offer from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to teach electrical engineering. Andrew Grove's objection to leaving. Experiencing culture-shock and teaching in Ghana. Traveling and seeing different African countries. Decision to return to Intel briefly before relocating to Israel.
Returning to Israel 41
Rejoining Intel and finding severe shortage of design and development engineers. Convincing management to set up development center in Israel. Intel's willingness to take a risk and interruption due to the Yom Kippur War. Accepting a position at Hebrew University to teach applied physics. Development of Intel development center in Israel and decision to be a consultant for Intel. Success of Intel Israel as product development centers.
Development of Intel Israel 46
Gordon Moore's visit and encouragement to further develop and explore Israel's manufacturing capabilities. Presenting proposal and convincing Andrew Grove and management to build new fabrication plant. Insights into operations and encouraging performance excellence. Taking a leave of absence from Hebrew University and becoming manager at fabrication plant. Obtaining software operation and further expansion of Intel Israel.
Concluding Thoughts 55
Impression of the role Intel played in development of the semiconductor and technology-based industries in Israel. Overview of development based on capability. Maintaining communications between the headquarters and Israel. Current activities on alternative thinking. Final reflections on Gordon Moore.