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1958 Integrated Circuit Prototypes From Jack Kilby's TI Lab Up For Sale 76

Posted by samzenpus
from the piece-of-history dept.
First time accepted submitter Dharma's Dad writes Christie's New York is auctioning off a 1958 prototype microchip, used by Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments in his Nobel Prize-winning invention of putting an integrated circuit onto a single chip. Gifted to one of the lab employees by Kilby, the family has decided to sell it. Estimated at $1,000,000 - $2,000,000, this prototype integrated circuit was built between July 18 and September 12, 1958, of a doubly diffused germanium wafer with flying gold wire and four leads.
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1958 Integrated Circuit Prototypes From Jack Kilby's TI Lab Up For Sale

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  • Re:Kilby & Noyce (Score:5, Insightful)

    by smaddox (928261) on Wednesday June 18, 2014 @07:46PM (#47268379)

    And Newton didn't invent the modern notation for Calculus (the modern form is due to Leibniz). And Maxwell wrote his equations completely differently than we write them now (the modern form is due to Oliver Heaviside). And Einstein didn't discover the special relativity transformations (hence why they are called Lorentz transformations). And Edison wasn't the first to invent the light bulb, let alone the carbon filament light bulb, let alone the tungsten filament light bulb. I could go on...

  • by Bing Tsher E (943915) on Wednesday June 18, 2014 @08:01PM (#47268477) Journal

    given to one of the lab employees, not GIFTED.

    Please, let's not let this Farmville jargon take over the net, including Slashdot. Nothing was 'gifted' unless it had certain special qualities. Things are given, not gifted.

    Language changes. But not because fucking Zynga made a game.

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