LONDON – The doodle for Dec. 12, 2011 on www.google.com celebrates 84 years since the birth the Robert Noyce, one of the inventors of the integrated circuit and a co-founder of both Fairchild Corp. and Intel Corp.
Running a cursor of the cartoon drawing of a 16-pin dual-in-line package brings up the legend Robert Noyce's 84th Birthday.
Unfortunately, Noyce is not around to witness himself commemorated in this manner. Born Dec. 12, 1927 in Burlington, Iowa, he died June 3, 1990 in Austin, Texas.
Monolithic IC invented by Robert Noyce while at Fairchild
Indeed he was, an avid ham growing up in Idaho and cheating the local power company by shifting the phase of the mains power with big capacitors. He seemed quite concerned that I would become utterly consumed by ham radio if I ever got started, and neglet my studies. He had nothing to worry about, as my generation had far more dangerous distractions. And now there's the internet, which I can quit anytime I want. Really.
When my father first saw transistors he was doubtful that they would become practical, but eventually got used to them. When ICs began to be available he expressed doubt again that they would ever be practical, as they were so small and fragile. And he was talking about DIP packages with 0.1" lead pitch! He'd retired by the time SMDs were ubiquitous.
I have to agree with you there...I started looking at integrated circuits back in 1979 and could easily trace out the entire circuit schematic in my mind... with today's integration I can't even see the transistors using standard light microscopes...
Thanks for this --- I saw the IC on Google and didn't know what it was there for.
I joked with Bill Whitlock, having seen an article by a man whose last name is Hum, that it was a shame he and Noyce couldn't have co-authored a paper, so we could cite Hum and Noyce. [ducks flying missiles]