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George Gilder

Silicon Eye

Bringing a new technology to market against established competition is never easy, and often results in much frustration. In Silicon Eye tells the story of the Foveon imager, and how it promises to make imaging cheap enough to become ubiquitous - if it can deal with the competion in the form of CCD digital cameras that is. More generally the book shows how brilliant ideas for analogue devices based on the brain and other biological systems have struggled when they have had to compete with the relentless - Moore's law - march of the more established digital devices.

I felt that this book wasn't really that good at describing the technology - much of what Gilder writes verges on technobabble. So if you want to find out what devices we're likely to have in the next few years, then I wouldn't recommend this book. The book is much more successful in describing the group dynamics of the people responsible for the technology. It starts about two decades ago at Caltech - the era of Richard Feynman's Lectures on Computation, and moves forward to companies formed to exploit the new technologies. Unlike many similar books, this is not just written in retrospect - Gilder was clearly interviewing people as the drama progressed.

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Hardcover 288 pages  
ISBN: 0393057631
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Weight:0.95 lbs
Published: 2005 W. W. Norton & Company
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ISBN: 0393057631
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Thanks to the digital technology revolution, cameras are everywhere-PDAs, mobile phones, anywhere you can put an imaging chip and a lens. Battling to usurp the 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 an insider's knowledge of Silicon Valley and the unpredictable mix of genius, drive and luck that can turn a start-up company into a world leader. The Silicon Eye focuses on some of the brightest-and most colourful-people on earth and their race to transform an industry.