The Silicon Valley Paradox
"When the Russians copy American semiconductor chips, it's considered a threat to national security."
"When the Japanese do it, it's considered a highly questionable trade practice."
"When a US company does it, it's called reverse engineering and encouraged."
"However, watch what happens when it's done to them!"
When the Russians attempted to copy American semiconductor chips, it was considered a threat to national security. All intelligence assets on all continents were mobilized to stop it. CIA, DIA, NSA and FBI are alerted to the threat. Then when the Japanese did it, it was considered a highly questionable trade practice or just industrial espionage. However, when a US company copied another US company's technology, it was called "reverse engineering" and highly encouraged.
When Intel Corporation introduced the 8080a microprocessor, within a year, National Semiconductor introduced their own version of the 8080a microprocessor stating that it was reverse engineered. Intel demanded that the leaders of California and the US Congress pass laws to prohibit the act of reverse engineering. Where Intel lost millions of dollars of profits; six digit bonus checks were issued to employees of National.
However, read what happens when it was done to National on the very product that they copied from Intel Corporation. The ferocity and retaliation shocked all the participants. It shocked the California Legislature into action. It shocked the US Senate into demanding an investigation. Words like 'savagery', 'brutality', 'barbarity', 'fierceness', 'violence', 'bloodthirstiness', 'murderousness' to name a few were used daily. But the real damage was done when they used the term "Communist Spies". Yes, Silicon Valley had reverted back to their Joseph McCarthy roots.
Was this really industrial espionage or McCarthyism? Was it a Witch Hunt or Employer Retaliation? This is a true story of hypocrisy and double standards. This single act started "The Silicon War".
"An action packed real life drama that unfolds the events of the Silicon War between Intel and National and how the KGB took advantage of it. Excellent background information used to setup the time frame of 1978 and what started the war. It's right out of the headlines, courtroom, and a spy novel."-- Gray Bar Books
"A non-stop, Techno-action drama! Right out of the Silicon Valley headlines! Catanich manages to ratchet up the suspense on this never see it coming ending."
"If you think your ideas are yours? Think again. This true story was the beginning of taking your ideas away from you."-- John Gray, Intellectual Property attorney
"In the world of 15 second sound bites and tweets, this novel shows the real world of 'operational fog' and why that 15 second first impression is always wrong. It will repeatedly lead you to a wrong assumption. During WWW2, they called this 'propaganda', today we call it 'spin'".-- Jody Blair