TitleFrom "Tinkertoys" to "Solid Circuits": Microcircuitry in the Late 1950s, lecture by Arthur D'Asaro et al.
CreditsD'Asaro, Arthur; Hollar, John C.; Lathrop, Jay W.; Laws, David; Phipps, Charles; Riordan, Michael; Stanley, Thomas; Thackray, Arnold
PublisherComputer History Museum
Place of PublicationMountain View, CA, US
DescriptionFrom CHM youtube video: "The computer chip we know today initially emerged from Cold War demands for improved reliability, performance, and miniaturization of electronics systems. The later 1950s witnessed diverse efforts to pack components into tiny modules and to integrate multiple components in a single slice of semiconductor material. Fierce technological competition between these different approaches to microcircuitry -- from Tinkertoys to Molecular Electronics to Solid Circuits -- resulted in the planar integrated circuit of today.
In this lecture, Michael Riordan, co-author of Crystal Fire, first reviews the broad efforts toward microminiaturization of the early 1950s.
Next, John Hollar, CHM CEO and David Laws chair a panel discussion between:
Charles E. Phipps, former VP Marketing, Texas Instruments and General Partner, Sevin Rosen Funds
Jay W. Lathrop, former DOFL and Texas Instruments scientist, Professor Emeritus Clemson University
L. Arthur D'Asaro, former senior scientist at Bell Telephone Laboratories."