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One of the first Integrated Circuits

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The first mass produced integrated circuit was released on the market in 1961. It was developed in 1960 by a team under Bob Noyce, at Fairchild Semiconductor Corp, Palo Alto CA, USA.

The "Type F" was a bistable RS (Reset/Set) Flip-Flop constructed using four NPN bipolar transistors and two resistors diffused into a single monolithic chip of silicon. The maximum operating clock speed is 1 megahertz and the delay is 50 nanoseconds.

Mounted in TO-18 case, prior to attachment of cap:

First advertisement:


Electronics News, 8 May 1961, p.11

Microphotograph:


Image: Silicon Valley High Tech, 1985; Earley, Mary-Dawn (Managing Ed.), International Published Corp. Hong Kong, p.37

Schematic:

References

  • 1960 - First Planar Integrated Circuit is Fabricated at Computer History Museum web site.

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