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Silicon Valley
Part of the Series: American Experience
In 1957, decades before Steve Jobs dreamed up Apple or Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook, a group of eight brilliant young men defected from the Shockley Semiconductor Company in order to start their own transistor business. Their leader was 29-year-old Robert Noyce, a physicist with a brilliant mind and the affability…
Media Moguls
Part of the Series: Advocates of Change
They have made a difference and revolutionized the world. They come from all walks of life and from all corners of the globe. These remarkable individuals have pioneered, developed and forever improved their industry and the world in which we live. Engaging and relevant, these individuals will change the way…
Steve Jobs: The Way Steve Jobs Changed The World
Part of the Series: Ground Breakers Series
Steve Jobs changed our lives. By launching the iPod in 2001, he revolutionized our way of listening to music. Apple's founder proved then once again that he's a genius at the edge of technology and innovation, 25 years after having commercialized the first home computers. Yet, before becoming a hero,…
Bill Gates: A Tycoon Story
Part of the Series: Ground Breakers Series
Gates is the former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft, the world's largest personal computer software company. While at Harvard, Gates developed a version of the computer programming language, BASIC, for the firt microcomputer. Guided by a belief that the computer will be a common tool in the home…
Google: The Trouble with Success
Google has grown from nothing in 1998 to a multinational tech giant. We tell that story, we identify the drivers of success. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin didn't want to sell advertising at first. Now Google search is a giant advertising cash cow. MODEL EMPLOYER We go inside the…
Google and the World Brain
In 1937, the science fiction writer H. G. Wells imagined a "World Brain" containing all of the world's knowledge, accessible to all people, that would be "so compact in its material form and so gigantic in its scope and possible influence" that it could transcend even nation states and governments.…
Facebook Follies
With nearly a billion people all over the world having signed on, Facebook has fundamentally changed the way millions of people connect and communicate - but not without consequences. Facebook Follies looks at some of the unexpected results and impact, negative and positive, of people sharing their personal information on…
Nanotechnology: The World Beyond Micro
Nanotechnology: The World Beyond Micro explores the world of nano dimensions and a growing number of engineered nanomaterials. The video looks at how the property of materials changes due to the effects of a high surface to volume ratio and quantum mechanics. Viewers are taken to industrial sites to see…
MEMS: Making Micro Machines
MEMS: Making Micro Machines is an overview of the manufacture and design of microelectromechanical systems. This video shows the fabrication, testing and packaging, and design of some of our most common MEMS devices. It features the fabrication of Hewlett-Packard's thermal inkjet printhead and covers the testing and packaging of Texas…
Silicon Run I
Part of the Series: Silicon Run Series
Silicon Run I uses live industrial footage to show the many processes necessary to manufacture microchips, including crystal growth, circuit design, and the wafer fabrication process for CMOS technology. Using close-ups of manufacturing processes and device animation, Silicon Run I provides a clear overview of front-end semiconductor manufacturing. It is…
Silicon Run II
Part of the Series: Silicon Run Series
Silicon Run II explores manufacturing after the silicon wafers have been fabricated. This film reviews IC fabrication and continues by showing how IC wafers are tested, sorted, and packaged into individual microchips. These devices are then assembled onto the printed circuit boards used in personal computers. They are also seen…
Silicon Run Lite
Part of the Series: Silicon Run Series
Silicon Run Lite combines key sequences and images from both Silicon Run I and Silicon Run II to show from the growth of silicon crystals through the assembly of a personal computer. Live industrial footage, microscopic filming, animation, graphics, and special effects give an up-close view of manufacturing. Silicon Run…