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Competing for the Future

Competing for the Future
How Digital Innovations are Changing the World

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  • Date Published: April 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521862905

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  • Everybody knows that digital technology has revolutionized our economy and our lifestyles. But how many of us really understand the drivers behind the technology - the significance of going digital; the miniaturization of circuit boards; the role of venture capital in financing the revolution; the importance of research and development? How many of us understand what it takes to make money from innovative technologies? Should we worry about manufacturing going offshore? What is the role of India and China in the digital economy? Drawing on a lifetime's experience in the industry, as an engineer, a senior manager and as a partner in a venture capital firm, Henry Kressel offers an expert personalized answer to all these questions. He explains how the technology works, why it matters, how it is financed and what the key lessons are for public policy.

    • Explains digital technology in layman's terms and details its social and economic impact world-wide
    • Examines the role of research, entrepreneurs and manufacturing in innovation and highlights the opportunities and challenges facing business strategists in the digital age
    • Explains the business model and role of venture capital in the development of new digital technologies
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    "Drawing on a lifetime of experience in the industry, the authors offer some answers and also explain how the industry base can flourish against lower wage competition."
    -Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521862905
    • length: 422 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 102 b/w illus. 16 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    1. Genesis: inventing electronics for the digital world
    2. Building digital systems
    3. Edison's legacy: industrial R&D
    4. R&D goes global
    5. Financing innovation: venture capital
    6. Manufacturing: globalizing faster than ever
    7. Your government is here to help
    8. The digital world: industries transformed
    9. The digital world: a global village
    Appendix 1.1 Smaller, faster, more efficient MOSFETs
    Appendix 1.2 Building multi-transistor logic gates
    Appendix 1.3 MOSFETs in memory devices
    Appendix 1.4 CMOS reduces logic gate power dissipation
    Appendix 1.5 Laser diode basics
    Appendix 1.6 Light emitting diodes (LEDs)
    Appendix 1.7 Photodetectors
    Appendix 1.8 Making fibre optic cables
    Appendix 1.9 Principles of LCD displays
    Appendix 2.1 The demise of analog computers
    Appendix 2.2 IP, TCP, and the internet
    Appendix 2.3 Building an object-oriented program

  • Author

    Henry Kressel, Warburg Pincus LLC
    Henry Kressel is Managing Director of Warburg Pincus, LLC. He began his career at RCA laboratories where he pioneered the first practical semiconductor lasers. He was the founding president of the IEEE Laser and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS) and co-founded the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, a fellow of the American Physical Society and the holder of 31 issued US patents for electronic and optoelectronic devices.


    Thomas V. Lento
    Thomas V. Lento is Founder and President of Intercomm, Inc.

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