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Google doodle celebrates Robert Noyce

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bcarso
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bcarso   12/17/2011 10:16:45 PM
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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.

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DrQuine   12/15/2011 1:50:05 PM
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Google doodles contain a shared graphical history of our culture. It is time for a Google doodle historical calendar. Did anyone else notice that if you flip "doodle" vertically it spells "google"?

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phoenixdave   12/14/2011 6:48:14 PM
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Sounds like your father was a vacuum tube man... I had the same experience with a neighbor of mine... he just could not fathom that these things could replace vacuum tubes...

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bcarso   12/14/2011 6:21:46 PM
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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.

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phoenixdave   12/14/2011 1:58:15 PM
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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...

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agk   12/14/2011 9:37:36 AM
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reading this article i recollect that my first reading about iC was phillips make audio amp 1 watt taa422 in my school days year 1970.just wonder how this was possible!

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KB3001   12/14/2011 8:59:54 AM
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How many people expected the levels of integration of today's ICs then? I am always amazed at what has been achieved in the last 50 years!

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bcarso   12/13/2011 8:12:16 PM
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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] Brad Wood

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Peter Clarke   12/13/2011 1:37:53 PM
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@hm Rather than recreate the wheel i provided a link to a biography of Noyce. It was only a click away.

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goafrit   12/13/2011 12:23:52 PM
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Good to read that not only the software legends get love from Google. Without Kilby and Noyxe, there will be no Google.

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