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.


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;

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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