60th Anniversay of the Invention of the Integrated Circuit

The Integrated Circuit or IC as we know it was invented in 1958. That makes it 60 years old this year.

This was a device invented by Jack Kilby at Texas Instruments.

Here is Mr. Kilby – unfortunately he passed in 2005.


And a photo of his first IC:


Compared to say an I5 CPU which is a fairly current chip:


Yep – smaller, lighter and faster. Now entire CPU’s are in one single chip. That is quite the accomplishment. In fact all around us are IC’s – in phones, tv’s, computers, cars, trucks, buses, etc. They’re everywhere.

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