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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Monolithic Memories
Max The Magnificent   1/3/2014 2:15:38 PM
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@Studleylee: You should have the book soon.

It just arrived on my desk -- the bookshelves will have to wait because I'm skiming through it :-)

Once again, thank you so much for this!!!

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Re: Monolithic Memories
Max The Magnificent   1/2/2014 2:57:10 PM
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@Studleylee: You should have the book soon.

That is very, very kind of you (I've got a spot for it cleared on my bookshelves :-) Thank you so much for this -- Max

 

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studleylee   1/2/2014 2:14:59 PM
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@Max   You should have the book soon. -Lee

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KB3001   12/21/2013 8:41:09 AM
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I remember the first time I heard of FPGAs, way back at university. I instantly fell in love with the concept in the same way I fell in love with the concept of a Turing machine when I first heard of it. There was something empowering about it: the ability to build any logic circuit you want (within reason!), configure it, test it, run it, and do it all over again of need be for a completely different problem.

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Re: Monolithic Memories
Max The Magnificent   12/20/2013 2:15:54 PM
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@John Birkner: I remember MMI CEO, Ze'ev Drori, storming into my office in a rage about putting cartoons into a serious publication such as a databook.

It's funny how folks used to be so uptight about stuff lik ethat. I love technology, but I really don;t enjoy reading boring techo-articles or books or whatever -- I like stuff with personality and flavor and the odd quip and nuggets of knowledge and tidbits of trivia...

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Max The Magnificent   12/20/2013 1:33:09 PM
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@TontTib: Have you ever checked out Silicon Genisis: An Oral History of Silicon Valley?  There's some good stuff in there, including some funny stories about Jerry Saunders.

I haven;t -- I want to -- my problem is lack of time (sad face)

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John Birkner   12/20/2013 1:27:59 PM
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Max, back in the day, we had a lot of fun putting the PALMAN figures in the PAL Handbook. It was a novel idea at the time. I remember MMI CEO, Ze'ev Drori, storming into my office in a rage about putting cartoons into a serious publication such as a databook. I persuaded him that engineers would enjoy it and, in the end, PALMAN proved very popular, lasting five more editions.
Thanks for memories of MMI "In the Beginning" by Ron Wilson with Don Faria's quote,"So we began to partition the interconnect," which led the path to FPGAs.

 



 

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Silicon Valley Oral HIstory
TonyTib   12/20/2013 12:30:55 PM
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Max,

Have you ever checked out Silicon Genisis: An Oral History of Silicon Valley?  There's some good stuff in there, including some funny stories about Jerry Saunders.

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Re: Ah, the good old days of 74LSxxx
KarlS01   12/20/2013 11:16:17 AM
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Hi, David:  IBM developed Solid Logic Technology for System 360.  Ceramic substrates with thin film resistors and transistors mounted on the substrate with solder balls. 

Typically there were six modules on a pc card about 2" square plugged edge wise onto a board about 10" x 12".

Logic diagrams were hand drawn and translated by key punch operators onto punched cards.  The Design Automation program would print Automated Logic Diagrams using a special chain on a 1403(?) printer.

That was my first exposure to an HDL.  There was a wiring/router program that generated the land patterns for the printed circuit "board".

 

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Re: Monolithic Memories
Max The Magnificent   12/20/2013 11:10:04 AM
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@Studleylee: I'll grab it out of my tractortrailer storage menagerie tomorrow morning. Let me know where to send it. It willl be better appreciated on your shelf than wasting away in my truck :-)


Really? Wow! That would be wonderful. I promise to treat it with the love and resprect it deserves. My office shipping address is:

 

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