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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AK51OFK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,327 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

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Great film, very informative.
Joel T Jones
This documentary provides great insight on the history of Silicon Valley and how a disruptive business model and technology innovation emerged to change the world.
mcgeesiding
Really enjoyed learning about real history of Silicon Valley.
Greg Shaddix

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Old Gray Moose on August 10, 2013
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So much of Tech History is focused on Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, but without the revolutionary steps in computer HW design from 1957 to 1971 neither of them would have had the computing HW available to bring computers "to the masses". This documentary covers how a crack team of bright young engineers, mathematicians, and physicists (mostly from Bell Labs) started with big clunky computers based on discrete transistors literally "wired" together, to printed circuit boards, and finally the invention of the single chip microprocessor. And all this evolution happened in just 14 years!!! Also revealed are the origins of Fairchild and INTEL (as well as dozens of famous spinoffs) as these companies were the incubators for this revolutionary new technology. A fascinating film that reveals the names of the lost heroes of the Tech revolution. Robert Noyce is not a household name like Gates and Jobs, but he should be. He was to the development of modern computing HW, what Robert Oppenheimer was to development of the atomic bomb. Also interesting that both would not have been possible without DoD/NASA funding.

This film should be required viewing for all electrical engineers, computer engineers, and IT professionals. The tech revolution changed the world. Gates/Jobs are only the 2nd half of that story. This film is the 1st half of that story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MisterPeter on March 18, 2013
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This was a fantastic documentary. I learned a great deal from it. The quality was just excellent. I've been recommending this to a lot of people at work and they also agree. There could have been a lot more done about Fairchild: I would have liked a miniseries instead of a one shot deal. I was really upset when the credits rolled and there was no more to watch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greg on September 17, 2013
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I got this for my dad as a Father's Day gift and he enjoyed it. Learning about the development of Silicon Valley is an interesting tale because it shows what a few brilliant people can make into a multibillion dollar industry. I like the American Experience series on PBS and this DVD is also very well done. I would recommend getting it for anyone interested in computing or our modern technological world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Noel E on February 25, 2014
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Having lived and worked through this period with the pleasure of interfacing with a few of the movers-n-shakers, I found it very interesting to learn "the rest of the story". I didn't observe any discrepancies from my viewpoint as a micro-cog amongst all the wheels. This documentary helps explain the background of the unique nature of Silicon Valley, i.e., the connections and relationships of businesses and folks who have worked with each other.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mcgeesiding on February 26, 2014
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This documentary provides great insight on the history of Silicon Valley and how a disruptive business model and technology innovation emerged to change the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shawn B on April 8, 2013
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Very interesting movie which is a perfect prereq. to Pirates of Silicon Valley. If you are not into technology or computers I would suggest to keep moving on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. Dunn on February 12, 2014
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If you enjoy hi-tech you would appreciate learning where it came from. This is a gold rush story but the gold this time was on circuit boards. It also shows what makes American business so powerful. In our system, hard work and innovation can set you apart help you succeed. Great Film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clark T. Mason on April 21, 2014
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well worth a review to gauge where technology has been, to see where it is going. Well worth your time to see.
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