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Intergrated Circuit: 50 years old TODAY!!! (updated)

If you’re a tech fan and you celebrate your birthday today, you’re in good company.
The integrated circuit, the forerunner to the microprocessor and the beginning of all sorts of electronic devices, turns 50 today, Septmber 12.
While the idea for the integrated circuit, a device that has its circuit components built inside a chip rather than using discrete parts, first appeared in 1952, it wasn’t until 12 September 1958 that the integrated circuit was first successfully demonstrated.
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The Modem: 50 years old this year

While 1958 saw the invention of the integrated circuit, it was also the year that saw the invention of the technology that powers a device used by millions around the world every day and one we can no longer live without – the modem.
The modem was original developed by AT&T or its subsidary Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1958 but it wasn’t until 1962 that the first commercial modem – the Bell 103 – was introduced into the market.
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Integrated Circuit: 50 years old this week

If you’re a tech fan and you celebrate your birthday this week, you’re in good company.
The integrated circuit, the forerunner to the microprocessor and the beginning of all sorts of electronic devices, turns 50 on Septmber 12.
While the idea for the integrated circuit, a device that has its circuit components built inside a chip rather than using discrete parts, first appeared in 1952, it wasn’t until 12 September 1958 that the integrated circuit was first successfully demonstrated.
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100 years of amplification

While there has been quite a bit made of the 60th anniversary of the transistor this year (it was announced by Bell Laboratories on 1 July 1948), 2008 also marks the 100th anniversary of the first device capable of amplification.
The patent for what became known as the “triode” meant that for the first time, it was possible to amplify electrical signals, a feat that would have significant rammifications for worldwide telecommunications.
It enabled the first audio amplifiers when “talkie”… Read more