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George Gilder
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Wednesday, July 27, 2005; 3:00 PM

George Gilder's in-depth knowledge of the high-tech industry comes into full play in his new book, " The Silicon Eye " -- a look at the image capture innovator Foveon Inc. The firm "can do for the camera what Intel did for the computer," writes Gilder.

Read a recent review of Gilder's book from The Washington Post Book World.

Get the inside scoop on what's brewing in Silicon Valley. Submit your questions and comments before or during the discussion.

An authority on the high-tech industry, George Gilder is a best-selling author and a contributing editor for Forbes magazine. His articles appear in many publications including the Economist, the American Spectator, the Harvard Business Review and the Wall Street Journal.

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George Gilder: Welcome to the Storm of the Eye.

George Gilder on the Silicon Eye.

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Vienna, VA: Is the microchip able to capture images outside the visible range in the electromagnetic sprectrum?;

George Gilder: No, the chip bears a bandpass filter that eliminates the ultraviolet and infrared frequencies, which would appear as noise. It is a visible light imager.

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Washington, D.C.: What motivated you to write this book?;

Can a regular person afford a camera with a Foveon high-resolution imager?;

George Gilder: I wanted to tell the story of Carver Mead and Federico Faggin, two titans of the microchip industry, now in their sixties, who are pioneering mimetic silicon--silicon chips that imitate biological functions. The original company, Synaptics, now commands some 60 percent of the global haptics IO market--touchpads and touch wheels on notebook computers, iPods, and other devices. Mead's other companies include the leading radio frequency identification (RFID) chip. Foveon is one of 20 companies founded by Mead.

Yes, Sigma 10 cameras, made by a Japanese company that previously specialized in lenses, are available worldwide for around $1200.

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