EARLY SEMICONDUCTOR DEVELOPMENT AT SHOCKLEY TRANSISTOR CORPORATION

Gene Weckler

 

Oral History Gene Weckler

(Continued)

 

When did you leave Shockley and what did you do?

I left in 1963. I went to a ground floor opportunity for a few months, and soon found out they were never going to make it. That was in II-VI compound photoconductors. Then, an opening came at Fairchild, and I joined the transducer section of the R&D lab. I stayed there for 8+ years and then started Reticon Corporation. I did some of the original work for the reed structure on avalanche diodes, which was later developed by RCA and EG&G. I did the first self-scan linear array commercially available in the US, and wrote the first paper on the storage modes for photodiodes, back in 1965. Three of us had started Reticon in January, 1971. Intel was an investor in us, and they held 22%. In 1977, EG&G made an offer to buy Reticon. Intel had the right of first refusal, but since Intel owned more than 20%, there were issues with closing the deal. Also, Noyce at Intel believed we should be kept whole, since the term Reticon was being used internationally for imagers. In the end, EG&G acquired Reticon, and Intel gave us a 10 year extension to use their technology. We were probably the only acquisition in the valley where all 3 original members stayed with the acquisition. Ed Snow and I retired from EG&G in 1997, and John Rado passed away a few years before.

 

Thanks very much for the interview, Gene. Any concluding remarks about what you are currently involved with?

 

 

 

Oral History Gene Weckler (Continued)

 

Well, 6 months after retiring from EG&G (in 1997) I started Rad-icon Imaging Corp. At Rad-icon we produce CMOS imagers and cameras, designed specifically for X-ray imaging. and we incorporate these into cameras, again designed for specifically for X-ray and radiation detection and imaging. Business is looking up, with a wide variety of applications developing for digital radiography. The last bastion of film is giving ground to digital technology!

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Go To Weckler Oral History, Page 6

 

 

These Audio Links are Excerpts from the August 2003 Interview with Gene Weckler.

 

 

Gene Weckler, Audio Clip #1

(Hired at Shockley in 1959)

 

Gene Weckler, Audio Clip #2

(Building a 1 Megawatt Demo at IEEE)

 

Gene Weckler, Audio Clip #3

(Reviewing Customer Requests with Jim Gibbons)

 

Gene Weckler, Audio Clip #4

(Manufacturing Processes for 4-Layer Diodes Were a Challenge Units Tested and Sorted)

 

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