Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The I.C. Celebrates it's 50th Birthday

The Hack A Day blog reminded me of something that was history making that happened 50 years ago on April 26th. This marks the 50th anniversary of the first silicon integrated circuit patent. According to the article:
  • Robert Noyce received the patent on April 25th 1961, and went on, along with Gordon Moore, to found a little known company you might of heard of, Intel Corporation.
Now before someone wigs out, this is the silicon IC. Earlier researcher Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments, designed one using a germanium wafer.

But if you don't have a clue why the IC is important, which I can't imagine, look at all the electronic devices you use in a day or devices that use some form or electronics in them, (from cars to microwaves) none would be possible or at the very least affordable, without intergrated circuit.

Read the article here and the movie is great pr too!

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