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.