The 555 Timer Was Just The Beginning For Hans Camenzind

Editor’s Note: Hans Camenzind was selected for the Engineering Hall of Fame in our inaugural induction, which appeared in our 50th Anniversary issue in 2002. He died on August 8, 2012. His son, Peter, has summarized his career for us. Hans Camenzind is well known for the design of the 555 timer, but he accomplished much more in his lifetime. …

Jay Last: Revolutionary Designer Spearheads The IC’s Early Days

Founded in intrigue, Fairchild Semiconductor has a long history of innovation. Indeed, it’s no surprise that a group of men notoriously known as the “Traitorous Eight” would produce some of the most significant technologies of the second half of the twentieth century. Several of these rogue engineers already are members of Electronic Design’s Engineering Hall of Fame. This year, we …

Paul Allen: Sharp Programming And Shrewd Deals Build An Industry Titan

Famously known as one of the cofounders of Microsoft Corp., Paul Allen became friends with Bill Gates at Lakeside School, a private school in Seattle, even though Gates was almost three years younger. But the two shared a common interest in computers and used Lakeside’s Teletype terminal to develop their programming skills. After graduation, Allen attended Washington State University but …

Windows 8 Goes Far Beyond The Typical Operating-System Update

Love or hate it, Windows 8 has arrived and will have a major impact on a wide range of computing platforms, from the desktop to embedded devices. It was a massive undertaking because it’s not just an operating system. It’s an environment that incorporates major components such as Internet Explorer. It needs to be fast, secure, and power efficient while …

Hybrids And The Cloud Mark 2012’s Key Storage Advances

Fortunately, no major storage manufacturing factories were hit by disaster this year. Smooth sailing is great, but it also gave election-year politics and whatnot more opportunity to steal attention from important things happening in the industry. Now, heading into the end of 2012, we’d like to turn back and recap the top storage events that directly impacted enterprises and will …