Artifact Details

Title

From "Tinkertoys" to "Solid Circuits": Microcircuitry in the Late 1950s, lecture by Arthur D'Asaro et al.

Catalog Number

102695010

Type

Moving image

Date

2009-05-06

Credits

D'Asaro, Arthur; Hollar, John C.; Lathrop, Jay W.; Laws, David; Phipps, Charles; Riordan, Michael; Stanley, Thomas; Thackray, Arnold

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, CA, US

Format

DVCAM

Description

From 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."

Category

Lecture

Lot Number

X5316.2009