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Hulme patent notebook (#1016)

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Hulme, John

Biographical Notes

John Hulme received a B.S.E.E. from the University of Utah, and an M.S.E.E. from the University of Southern California. He managed the Microelectronics (integrated circuits) section of Fairchild’s Applications Department under Robert Schultz in Mountain View from circa 1963 through the 1970s. Circa 1963 his responsibilities included new product circuit design and system applications. In this role he hired Robert Widlar to work on linear (analog) IC design over the objections of managers responsible for that product category in the R&D group. Widlar went on to be one of Fairchild’s most productive design engineers and created some of the industry’s first high-volume standard linear ICs. Hulme later worked for Hewlett-Packard, Siliconix, and Adaptec.

Fairchild Semiconductor

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Document number 1016

Approximately 36 dated entries over 58 pages.

12 x 10 inches


This book records action items and schedules established at regular section meetings on the status and progress on the development of new IC products. Key product areas include a custom logic family for Litton for use in the TFX (Tactical Fighter Experimental), AC Sparkplug op amp, MWL (Milliwatt Micrologic), and a DTL family to compete with Signetics. By 1964 a Nixie display tube driver, a counter family and a Complementary Transistor Logic (CTL) family conceived by Robert Seeds and used by Burroughs were added to the list. Book includes an organization chart of the Applications Department dated 1964-10-11.



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Fairchild Semiconductor notebooks and technical papers


The author participated in a number of industry panel discussions including a session on “Trends in Microelectronics” at the Eighth Chicago Spring Conference on Broadcast and Television Receivers in June 1967.


Gift of Texas Instruments Incorporated

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