November 30, 1987 |
To some it was like selling Mount Vernon to the redcoats: Fairchild Semiconductor, a pioneer of America's high-technology industries and the mother company of Silicon Valley, was being purchased by foreign rival Fujitsu of Japan. It was, in business terms, a friendly takeover. Executives of the ailing California computer chip maker had gone to Japan in search of a financial savior. Fujitsu had been invited, even urged, to bid. But to then-U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2011 |
Gerald A. "Jerry" Lawson, an electronics engineer and video game pioneer who led the team that developed the first cartridge-based home video game console system to hit the market in the mid-1970s, has died. He was 70. Lawson, who lived in Santa Clara, died April 9 of complications of diabetes in El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, said his daughter, Karen Lawson. One of a small number of African American engineers working in Silicon Valley, Lawson joined Fairchild Semiconductor in Mountain View in 1970 as an applications engineer working with the sales department.