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Online Homer J Simpson

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The Transistor 1953
« on: December 15, 2015, 01:14:50 am »


Offline rrinker

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Re: The Transistor 1953
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2015, 03:18:10 am »
 That is quite interesting. Fun to see the shot of the production line in the Allentown PA plant - I grew up near there, and when I was in high school, in 1983, I participated in an engineering day thing at that plant. This was just shortly after the (forced) breakup of the Bell System, so on at least one occasion while viewing a canned presentation, the presenter joked "just ignore those little Bells in the corner". This was just after another breakthrough for them - the 64K (yes, K) RAM chip. We got to see the whole process, from crystal growth to wafer slicing to the lithography and packaging and testing. They gave us each a sample (failed ones though). Think about that one, mostly germanium transistors in 1953, 30 years later a small sliver of silicon with 100K+ transistors on it, the whole 16 pin DIP package being not really bigger than those 1953 transistors.


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Re: The Transistor 1953
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2015, 03:50:21 pm »
Good bit of nostalgia.  I particularly liked the picture of someone at the beach with a portable television set :)

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Re: The Transistor 1953
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2015, 04:33:47 pm »
unlike many perdections, this one nailed it.  :-+

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