American Experience: Silicon Valley DVD

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Item #: WA9922
SILICON VALLEY tells the story of the pioneering scientists who transformed rural Santa Clara County into the hub of technological ingenuity we now know as Silicon Valley. The film spotlights the creativity of the young men who founded Fairchild Semiconductor and in particular the brilliant, charismatic young physicist Robert Noyce. Their radical innovations would include the integrated circuit that helped ... More
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SILICON VALLEY tells the story of the pioneering scientists who transformed rural Santa Clara County into the hub of technological ingenuity we now know as Silicon Valley. The film spotlights the creativity of the young men who founded Fairchild Semiconductor and in particular the brilliant, charismatic young physicist Robert Noyce. Their radical innovations would include the integrated circuit that helped make the United States a leader in both space exploration and the personal computer revolution, transforming the way the world works, plays and communicates, making possible everything from the Apollo program to smart phones, from pacemakers to microwaves.

Producer: Randall Maclowry, Tracy Heather Strain
Production Year: 2013
Copyright Year: 2013
Director: Randall Maclowry
Narrator: Michael Murphy
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Kenney
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5.0 star rating
12/23/21
Fantastic-sharing w/family friends
Review by Kenney on 12/23/21 review stating Fantastic-sharing w/family friends
This video is a well made documentary about the advancement in electronics in the U.S. from the late forties with the invention of the transistor through the current era of microelectronics. It is amazing how these advancements have affected the entire world, not to mention the transformation of farmland in California to Silicon Valley.
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Jerry
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5.0 star rating
12/21/20
Great history Lesson
Review by Jerry on 12/21/20 review stating Great history Lesson
The best history lesson I have seen regarding Silicon Valley. The video also captures the American spirit of creativity and superb engineering minds that work together to create something great.
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Bob T.
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5.0 star rating
12/21/20
Silicon Valley S.F. Southern Neighbor
Review by Bob T. on 12/21/20 review stating Silicon Valley S.F. Southern Neighbor
Yes very enjoyable. I enjoyed this movie, thanks to Fareed Zakaria recommending on his Sunday GPS program. I think it should hold the interest of Geeks like me, and laymen (my wife who I held hostage) to watch it. She didnt complain and I think liked the nostalgic the old cars, computers laboratories. Will rank with the story of Thomas Edison and earlier inventors.
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Woodpkr
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Robert Noyce is the Podfather
Review by Woodpkr on 07/17/20 review stating Robert Noyce is the Podfather
Robert Noyce and the Great 8 as I like to call them now, are responsible for just about everything IT and electronic. Tom Edison of Tech!
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Cindy
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Incredibly Well Done!
Review by Cindy on 07/17/20 review stating Incredibly Well Done!
Clears any fuzziness about how American ingenuity tied technology, sales, politics, intelligence, education, and sheer drive together to turn this country into the technological leader of computer innovation. If you are unclear as to how all of that was born and grew, you will be blown away at how one thing led to another to create that magic. From simple beginnings evolved complex physics driven technology that changed the world as we know it. Shown in laymans terms as good as any well crafted prime time drama - only this is real. Opened up my thinking on how ingenuity and opportunity are waiting for someone to harness the next turning point for mankind. Blew me away.
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Larry J.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Outstanding
Review by Larry J. on 07/17/20 review stating Outstanding
This production nails the silicon valley experience (at least the semiconductor part) perfectly and engagingly. Its technological story telling at its best.
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Gabe M.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Fascinating Story Behind Silicon Valley
Review by Gabe M. on 07/17/20 review stating Fascinating Story Behind Silicon Valley
Fantastic story of how silicon valley came to be and the events leading to the creation of the integrated circuit and the semiconductor/microelectronics industry.
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Cpu R.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Amazing and Motivating....
Review by Cpu R. on 07/17/20 review stating Amazing and Motivating....
This is fantastic video. Not only it tells the history but also explain why leaders think differently. Great Job PBS...you make a difference. Did not have the opportunity work under Bob, but Worked at Intel under Andys leadership is something I am proud of, and learnings will always stay___
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Ptwithy
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Please Make Available on iTunes
Review by Ptwithy on 07/17/20 review stating Please Make Available on iTunes
For those of us who grew up in Silicon Valley, the DVD is a fossil. We consume our media through the internet. I hope you will make this available through iTunes!
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Charlez
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
5 Stars, a must have in your collection
Review by Charlez on 07/17/20 review stating 5 Stars, a must have in your collection
I only have one other DVD; Polar Express and this(once it arrives).


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