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Allison laboratory notebook

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Allison, David F.

Biographical Notes

David (Dave) F. Allison was an employee of Shockley Semiconductor prior to joining Fairchild in 1957 when he was issued company patent notebook # 10. He worked initially on the first NPN transistor project as a process engineer responsible for the development of diffusion techniques. He was a member of the Device Development Group at R&D when he resigned to join the founding group at Signetics in August 1961. In 1971 he was with Signetics Memory Systems. In an oral history, Lionel Kattner credited Allison with contributing to his understanding of process technology that played an important role in the development of diffusion techniques used in the electrical isolation of Micrologic devices in the period of 1960 covered by this book. CHM has a photo of Allison in the collection. See Accession Number: 102708135.


Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation

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Document number Lab


Approximately 22 dated entries over 102 pages. The pages are not numbered.


10 x 8 inches


Allison used his notebook to record staff meetings, technical data, new product ideas and competitive information. It includes extensive notes taken at technical conferences. The most extensive entry comprises 40 pages summarizing papers presented in Ottawa 1958-09-30 – 1958-10-03 including thermoelectric effects, compound semiconductors, oxidation of InSb, and boron diffusion. Notes on a Washington IRE 1958-10 include competitive data on PSI, RCA and BTL devices. A February 23, 1959 R&D Tech meeting noted that Lincoln Labs is interested in Microminiaturization, specifically “Tiny ceramic packages” and “Multiple devices on single slice of silicon”. Allison notes a 1959-05-01 meeting with Jean Hoerni on “gold” shortly after Hoerni’s patent work relating to gold doping. Several notes refer to tunnel diodes - Tom Sah (1959-06-08) and an Electron Devices conference meeting (1959-10-03). The latter includes comments by Ian Ross of Bell Labs on the criteria for “Functional Devices”. A 1960-02-25 entry comments on the two approaches under consideration for Micrologic electrical isolation, “Electrical is too far off. Mechanical looks promising.”



Collection Title

Fairchild Semiconductor notebooks and technical papers


The author contributed to the following papers in professional publications during his service at Fairchild:

Allison, D. F., Baker, O. and Moore, G. E., KMC silicon planar transistors. 1961 International Electron Devices Meeting, vol. 7 (1961): 18.

Allison, D., Beeson, R. and Shultz, R., KMC planar transistors in microwatt logic circuitry . 1961 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference: Digest of Technical Papers, vol. IV (1961): 62 – 63.

Maxwell, D. A., Beeson, R. H. and Allison, D. F., The minimization of parasitics in integrated circuits by dielectric isolation. IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, vol. 12, iss. 1 (1965): 20-25.


Gift of Texas Instruments Incorporated

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