Company allegedly fueling chip production
A number of US suppliers are already seeing increased business from Apple, according to sources for AppleInsider. One person in the industry notes that chipmakers like Avago and Texas Instruments have been increasing US production during the past year because of orders from "a large personal electronics manufacturer" that continues to find record-breaking sales. Because they're afraid to single out Apple by name, the person explains that some people in the industry like to joke about growing orders from an unnamed "fruit vendor."
Helped found model for a generation of start-ups
Julius Blank, one of the pioneers in computer chip manufacturing has died. Mr. Blank was a co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor, one of the first chip manufacturers and often thought of as a model for many high tech startups and early Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Blank was 86.
Jerry Lawson, inventor of game cartridge, dies
Jerry Lawson, one of the early pioneers in the video game industry, died on Saturday at 71. Lawson was credited with inventing Fairchild Semiconductor's Channel F, one of the earliest home video game consoles, along with the programmable game cartridges that defined the genre up until the original PlayStation in 1995. Before the Channel F in 1976, game consoles were only usually capable of playing games built into the firmware.