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    COMPUTER INDUSTRY http://www.sfusd.k12.ca.us/schwww/sch405/IUP/computer.html 1. Introduction 2. Silicon Valley 3. Wang An 4. Jerry Yang 5. A case study: David
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 1, 2005

      1. Introduction
      2. Silicon Valley
      3. Wang An
      4. Jerry Yang
      5. A case study: David Tsang

      Chinese Americans have contributed a lot to the development of
      computer industry in California. The Silicon Valley, Which is famous
      in computer industry, is formed by a large number of Chinese with
      technical skills in computer science. Wang An, Jerry Yang, and David
      Tsang are those who have succeeded in computer industry and have
      their own business in California.

      Today, Silicon Valley spreads far beyond its original Palo Alto
      bounds. The valley contains the densest concentration of innovative
      industry that exists anywhere in the world, including companies that
      are leaders in such fast-expanding field as computers,
      semiconductors, lasers, fiber optics, robotics, medical
      instrumentation, magnetic recording, and educational and consumer
      electronics. Now, most of the industry is house build. Silicon
      Valley radiates outward from Stanford University. The San Francisco
      Bay on the east and the Santa Cruz Mountains on the west and Coast
      Range contain it to the southeast. At the turn of the century the
      area was known as the valley of Heart's Delight, when fruit orchards
      predominated. Today made of silicon and semiconductor chips is the
      principal product of the high-tech industries.

      The Father of Silicon Valley:
      Frederick Terman, a professor of Electrical Engineering of Stanford
      University's Department in 1930, was concerned about the lack of
      good employment opportunities in the area for Stanford engineering
      graduates. And his best graduates had to go to the East Coast to
      find employment. He designed and built an audio oscillator and a
      device that generated the signals of varying frequencies. His
      solution was to establish the then-new radio technology locally.

      First, he bought together two of the students, William Hewlett and
      David Packard, founders of the Hewlett-Packard Company, to heed his
      admonition. Their audio-oscillator, designed with Terman's help,
      became the basis for a later deal with Walt Disney Studios in 1939,
      for the film 'Fantasia'.

      After World War II, he was successful in attracting research support
      from a number of sources, when Terman was dean of the school of
      Engineering. Then he continued to encourage his graduates to start
      their companies.

      In March 1939, Ginzton, while still a graduate student, became
      involved with Hansen and Russell and Sigurd Varian in the
      development of the klystron tube. He received his Ph.D. in physics
      in 1940 and spent the war years with the klystron group at Sperry on
      Long Island. In 1943, they invited Ginzton to join them, when the
      Varian were making plans to start their own company as soon as the
      war was over.

      In December 1947,a significant event occurred. Three of telephone
      laboratory engineers successfully demonstrated the principle of
      amplifying an electrical current using a solid semiconducting

      Their concept was based on the fact that the flow of electricity
      through silicon is possible to selectively control. And designated
      some areas as current conductors and adjacent areas as insulators.
      This principle gave meaning to the term 'semiconductor.'

      In 1965, In a dinnertime, Terman, David Packard reminisced: "As a
      student, I became acquainted with Professor Terman before I enrolled
      in his course. Among my hobbies was amateur radio and I spent a
      spare hour now and then in the radio shack in the attic of the
      Engineering Building. He would often tell us important firms in this
      newly developing industry."

      Although he had been teaching contributions in the new job, yet he
      kept in touch with them. Men with little or no formal education had
      founded One day Professor Terman remarked that many of the firms we
      visited, and men other firms throughout the country in this field.

      He suggested that someone with a formal engineering education, and
      perhaps a little business training, might be even more successful.
      In the 1950's, the idea of building an industrial park arose. The
      university had plenty of land over 8000 acres but money was needed
      to finance the University's rapid postwar growth.

      The original bequest of his farm by Leland Stanford prohibited the
      sale of this land, but there was nothing to prevent its being
      leased. It turned out that long-term leases were just as attractive
      to industry as outright ownership; the Stanford Industrial Park was

      In 1951, Varian technology companies might be beneficial to
      Stanford. In 1951 Varian Associates signed a lease, and in 1953 the
      company moved into the first building in the parking. In 1971, the
      young industry's 'Holly Grail' a computer on a chip proved capable
      of performing the millions than billions, of humble switches.

      WANG AN:
      Wang Laboratories, founded by Wang in 1951, became one of the most
      recognized and successful corporations of the dawn of the
      Information Age. Although he personally gained more than 35 patents,
      Wang's first major contribution to information technology was his
      invention of the magnetic "Pulse Transfer Controlling Device"
      (patent #2,708,722, granted 1955).

      By precisely regulating the flow of magnetic energy, he made
      magnetic core memory a practical reality. In 1965, he
      introduced "LOCI," the first desktop computer to generate logarithms
      at a single keystroke. The technology of LOCI formed the basis of
      the later Wang electronic desk calculator.

      In the 70s and 80s, his own inventions helped Wang Laboratories
      become a major manufacturer of the prototypical desktop computers
      used in laboratories and schools. Throughout those years, Wang
      oversaw an uninterrupted series of more compact and efficient
      instruments and systems for use in office automation and information

      In the spring of 1948, he became a research assistant to Dr. Howard
      Aiken. He had designed the Mark I, one of the computer to operate in
      the U.S. Dr. Wang solved the problem by inventing magnetic 'memory
      cores.' And later improved upon by Dr. Forrester.

      In the 1950s and 1960s, Wang decided to start his own company to
      manufacture and sell his memory devices, which he called Deltamax
      cores. He rented a tiny office in Boston with his wife, Lorraine.
      They married in 1949.

      By 1952, his memory device had been installed in the scoreboard at
      New York's Shea Stadium, and for the first time the public became
      aware this marvelous tool. In 1955, An and Lorraine, and 1964 the
      company came out with the first electronic scientific desk
      calculator--- the forerunner of the desktop computer. "People do not
      want technology, they want solutions to problems" was his simple

      And in the 1980s, office automation systems started. Because of
      Wang's engineering genius and corporate visit, Wang Laboratories
      grew tenfold between 1977 and 1982.

      Wang Labs eventually took over a large area, the town of Lowell,
      Massachusetts, where it employed thousands of people. After being in
      the lead years, Wang Laboratories was overtaken by such as IBM,
      AT&T, and Hewlett-Parkard. In 1986, Wang handed the reins to his
      son, Frederick. Frederick resigned as president in 1989. The
      Following year, Dr. Wang An died of throat cancer.

      Wang was also a noteworthy philanthropist whose efforts and funds
      continue to foster the arts and sciences, especially in and around
      the city of Boston. At his death in 1990, Wang had left behind him a
      substantial cultural and technological legacy. Dr. Wang funded the
      Massachusetts General Hospital outpatient clinic and donated
      computes to New York City center for the homeless.

      He funded scholarships and the student exchange programs with
      mainland China. His contribution helped restore Boston's performing
      Arts Theater. He donated to Harvard University and Wellesley College
      and constructed a fifteen-million-dollar factory in Boston's
      Chinatown to provide jobs for inner-city people.

      Family and education background: Born in Shanghai, China, on
      February 7,1920, Wang An was the oldest of five children. When he
      was six, his family moved to Kun San, a city near Shanghai, where
      his father taught English in an elementary school. At first
      schoolwork was difficult for An. But An did well in math and
      science, he continued to excel in math and science. He attended one
      of the best high school in China. Several of his courses were taught
      in English and used the same textbook that American students were

      In 1936, at the age of sixteen, Wang entered Chiao Tung University
      where he majored in electrical engineering and specialized in
      electronic communication. That same year, his mother died. The next
      few years, China became increasingly difficult as Japanese troops
      invaded Chain and took over Shanghai in 1940, Wang remained at the
      university for a year as a teaching assistant in electrical

      He had volunteered with 8 former classmates to secretly design and
      build radio and transmitters for Chinese soldiers in Kweilin, Chain.
      Although weekly, the team of engineers provided a valuable service
      during the war.

      In Kweilin, Wang received news that his father had died. So he was
      offered an opportunity to study American technology to rebuild
      China, he decided to join the two years program and to America. Wang
      arrived in the United States in 1945. He applied to Harvard
      University's master degree program. In second semesters, he earned
      his master degree in applied physics. Three years later, he had
      earned a PH.D in physics.


      1920 Nov.7 Wang An was born in Shanghai, China.

      1945 Wang An immigrates to the US.

      1948 Jun Wang An obtained his Ph.D. Degree in Applied Physics at
      Harvard University.

      1949 Oct 21 Wang An filed his patent application for a "Pulse
      Transfer Controlling Device."

      1951 Jun 22 Wang An Founded Wang Laboratories with $600 of his

      1955 May 17 Wang An was granted patent 2,708,722 for a "Pulse
      Transfer Controlling Device."

      Jun 30 Wang Laboratories is officially incorporated.

      1956 Mar Wang An assigned his patent to IBM.

      1965 Wang Laboratories designed the LOCL (Logarithmic Calculating
      Instrument), the first scientific electronic calculator.

      1965 Wang Laboratories launched the WANG 300, their first electronic

      1966 Wang Laboratories launches the WANG 370.

      Wang Laboratories launches the WANG 380 one of the first calculators
      able to generate logarithms and exponential.

      Wang Laboratories launches the WANG 700 to counteract the
      competition imposed by the Hewlett Packard HP9100.

      1971 Wang An decided to move into a new direction: word processing
      and computers instead of calculators.

      Wang Laboratories introduced the VS Wang computerline.

      1982 Feb Wang An retired from his active involvement in Wang

      Wang Laboratories reached sales in the order of 3 billion dollars
      with 30,000 employees.

      1990 Wang An died of cancer.

      JERRY YANG: Yahoo! Company history:
      Jerry Yang and David Filo, PH.D. candidates in Electrical
      Engineering at Stanford University, started their guide in April
      1994 as a way to keep track of their personal interests on Internet.
      Jerry and his partner David Filo had spent a lot of time on
      developing Yahoo! Yahoo! Is a success of them. Yahoo contains
      organized information on tens of thousands of computers linked to
      the web. It is closest in spirit to the work of Ligneous, the 18th
      century botanist whose classification system organized the natural

      In 1994 Jerry Yang and David Filo converted Yahoo into a customized
      database designed to serve the needs of the thousand of users that
      began to use the service through the closely bound Internet
      community. They developed customized software to help them
      efficiently locate, identify and edit material stored on the

      Its uniqueness has made Yahoo one of the most powerful franchises on
      the web. Scarcely two years after Jerry and Dave shut their
      dictionary, their site was serving almost a hundred million pages to
      millions of distinct users every week. Yahoo had flowered into a
      nexus of information of all types, including new stores, stock
      quotes weather report, phone listings, and interactive maps. All
      this robustness and growth have turned Yahoo into the web's

      The Yahoo hierarchy is a handicrafted tool in that all of its over
      100 thousands categories were designated by people, not computers.
      These sites they link to are likewise deliberately chosen, not
      assigned by software algorithms. In this, Yahoo is a very labor-
      intensive product. But it is also a guide with human discretion and
      judgment built into it. This can at times make it almost uncannily

      Family and educational background: Jerry came to California form
      Taiwan when he was ten. His father passed away when he was just two.
      His mother decided to take her family to the United State because
      her sister lived there and she thought that it was a good place for
      her children to grow up. Jerry liked the rigor of the engineering
      classes and he registered as an electrical engineering major.
      Despite his nonacademic distractions, Jerry managed to complete both
      a bachelor and a master degree in just four years at Stanford

      David, a famous Chinese who built up the Oak Technology, has
      contributed a lot to the technology of computer science in the
      Silicon Valley. Parts of computers, DVD plays, Video player, CD-ROM,
      and PC (3D), all, are the inceptions and products of Oak Technology.

      The company wants to change the way people work and play. Its
      products help and make us more convenient when using those
      electronic products. The first Oak Technology was built up in 1987.

      It has become a great company in only ten years. The reason he
      decided to make his own business was because of his personalities.
      His friends and he had done a lot of hard work for their first
      company. The success of today is a result of their years of hard

      David was born in Shi An. He received education of the duty of
      citizens for nine years in Taiwan. In his 18, his parents sent him
      to the free country America to study electrical engineering (BYU).
      After that, he found a job in California and continued his study at
      Santa Clara.

      Silicon Valley is formed by many successful Chinese. One of a famous
      businessman, David Tsang has built up the Oak Technology which is a
      successful company. David and his friends built up the first company
      in 1974. After they gained money and experiences from it, they built
      up the second, and the third.

      The Silicon Valley, which is formed by a lot of successful and
      famous Chinese, has trained a lot of talented people from different
      colleges. Right now, most of them have built up their own
      businesses, and this is a reason for the high position of Chinese in
      Silicon Valley with high technology. The Chinese contribute to the
      development of the Silicon Valley.

      A lot of science engineers have been trained in the Silicon Valley.
      Some of them remain there and continue their invention of High-Tec;
      others have built up their own businesses. But all of them have the
      same goal , that is to contribute their best to the Silicon Valley.

      Computer Science in Silicon Valley is famous because of a lot of the
      new inventions and products of High-Tec. A lot of the products were
      invented for convenience for work and way people work and play.
      Their product of CD-ROM transistor is the best of the world's

      He has made contribution to the Silicon Valley through teaching and
      training people. He has taught a number of Chinese to become a
      successful engineer. He has also trained a lot of Chinese to become
      a skilled engineer and invented a lot of new high Technology.

      David Tsang's E-mail address: www.oakTech.com
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