Thursday, November 29, 2007

The 'Transistor' is 60 years old!

Interesting Tech story in the SMH. The transistor turns 60.

For the non-technical, transistors are the basic building block of modern electronics. Put many transistors on a common substrate, and you have an integrated circuit. They are the basis of what is probably the most profound technological revolution of the modern era.

2 Comments:

Blogger Worldman said...

Is it now? I remember when I was a child and I went to my fathers company, how I marvelled at the Hollerith machine they had and some thing like the forefather of the computer with a type of lightbulbs in it. And then when I was around 12 or 14 years old, I got my first transitor radio. And now I am loosing my MP3 player with FM radio all the time because they are so small.

Friday, November 30, 2007 7:13:00 pm  
Anonymous Phil said...

Yes Peter things sure have progressed.

The computer 'forefather' may have been something like the ENIAC;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ENIAC

Tracing the history is pretty interesting. (I have a renewed interest in 'valves' (vacuum tubes) the predecessor of the transistor). It's amazing what was achieved just with that basic technology!

Sunday, December 02, 2007 4:06:00 pm  

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