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May 10, 2008 |
Morgan Sparks, 91, a former member of the Bell Telephone Laboratories scientific team who played a crucial role in the development of the improved, second- generation transistor in the early 1950s, died of congestive heart failure May 3 at his daughter's home in Fullerton. Sparks, who joined Bell Labs in New Jersey during World War II, worked on the junction transistor, an improvement on the original transistor invented by Bell scientists in 1947 and designed to replace vacuum tubes.
December 15, 2007 |
A little electronic device that triggered one of the most dramatic technological explosions in history turns 60 on Sunday. The humble transistor and its descendant, the semiconductor chip, which made the digital revolution possible, today touch nearly every facet of our lives. All around us, billions upon billions of transistors are quietly at work in computers, cellphones, radios, TVs, printers, copiers, CD players, cars -- in anything with electronics in it.
November 12, 2007 |
Intel Corp. plans to roll out its newest generation of microprocessors today, flexing its manufacturing muscle with a sophisticated new approach that crams up to 40% more transistors onto a chip. The world's largest semiconductor company plans to start shipping 16 new microprocessors -- which also boast inventive materials to reduce electricity loss -- for use in servers and high-end personal computers.
July 17, 2005 |
Gordon Moore, one of the three founders of Intel, in 1965 noted that the number of transistors you could cram onto a piece of silicon for a dollar had been routinely doubling since the first commercial chip six years before. His bold prediction that such doublings would continue came to be known as "Moore's Law." By any name, the pace of technological change is prodding human evolution. In 2003, Intel shipped its 1 billionth microchip. In 2007, it expects to ship its 2 billionth.
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January 19, 2004 |
James M. Early, 81, an electrical engineer and inventor best known for his pioneering work with transistors, died Jan. 12 at a veterans hospital in Palo Alto. The cause of death was not reported. Early created much of the design theory of bipolar transistors at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, where he worked for Nobel Prize winner William Shockley. Born in Syracuse, N.Y., Early was the second of nine children.
November 5, 2003 |
Intel Corp. said Tuesday that it had figured out how to shrink transistors for PCs so that 1 billion could fit on a single chip, making it possible to pack the power of a supercomputer into a device the size of a deck of cards. Loading a chip with so many transistors -- Intel's Pentium 4 microprocessor for personal computers holds about 55 million -- would give it mind-boggling muscle while potentially lowering its price.