Top Reads and Resources for Students Ready to Take on the Semiconductor Industry
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Sometimes they even get to sit down for coffee and ask for career advice from executives like Chief Strategy Officer, Daniel Cooley.
Having begun his career as an intern at Silicon Labs in 2002 Daniel recalls being eager to put the engineering fundamentals he was learning in school into real-world practice. Over the years, Daniel has curated a list of valuable resources for engineering students that spans the history of the semiconductor industry. He shares a bit about how it came about:
"The semiconductor industry is so fascinating because it is the culmination of almost all our modern scientific knowledge: physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, material science, communication theory, computer science, machine learning, and the list goes on. It is the most global and interconnected supply chain on the planet, shipping hundreds of billions of chips per year into every corner of the global economy. I like to tell people that in all possible futures, semiconductors are even more important than they are today.
I have the utmost respect for the innovators and business leaders that came before us and built the semiconductor industry. I also believe that you must study, understand, and appreciate how the industry came to be in order to have the most impactful and rewarding career. Trying to navigate your career without this historical understanding is like trying to sail across the ocean with no map or knowledge of the seasonal winds and currents…not something I would attempt.
I made it a point to search for and consume as much content about the history of our industry as possible. No source is perfect, but considered as a group, you can quickly make sense of this complicated but beautiful industry. This is a partial reading list to get you started. If you finish, there are literally hundreds of additional sources if you're willing to spend some time looking for them…"
- The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood
- The Transistor, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3
- Makers of the Microchip: A Documentary History of Fairchild Semiconductor
- The Chip: How Two Americans Invented the Microchip a Launched a Revolution
- Crystal Fire: The Invention of the Transistor and the Birth of the Information Age
- Cramming More Components onto Integrated Circuits
- Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry
- Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of Blackberry
- Only the Paranoid Survive
- The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World's Most Important Company
- Oral History Interview: Morris Chang
- The Art and Science of Analog Circuit Design
- Mobile Unleashed: The Origin and Evolution of ARM Processors in Our Devices
- Samsung Rising: The Inside Story of the South Korean Giant That Set Out to Beat Apple and Conquer Tech