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Friday, September 11, 2009

Surfin': Don't Forget the Integrated Circuit

This week, Surfin' visits a Web site that remembers the component that shrunk the radio even more than the transistor did.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, Stan: I'm really enjoying your latest columns featuring the transistor and IC, especially since I'm old enough to remember some of the first transistor radios. But don't forget our old friend the tube. For me, the tube is what started it all, shrinking not only the circuitry but the bandwidth from large generators that put out signals that took up major chunks of the radio spectrum to small (for the day) models that occupied only a few hundred cps (hertz) of bandwidth. From there, transistors and ICs shrunk the circuitry even further, while more or less using the same idea...plate-grid-cathode giving way to collector-base-emitter and so on.
    Tnx again, Stan, and very 73...Joe...w6udo