Fable: The Genius Who Did The Impossible

Once upon a time, a genius produced a brilliant chip which could boost the strength of an incoming signal by 7,000 times.

Advertised at $50, the chip couldn’t be bought retail for under $300 and was not easy to obtain even at that price.

Then the genius did what was thought to be impossible – he produced a second chip which could boost a signal by 70,000 times.


Customer demand for chips designed by the genius exceeded estimated demand by a factor of 10, and production was sold out for two years.

MORAL: The impossible is often the untried.



  1. At home anonymous. It is unlikely one person can do anything groundbreaking needing 22nm technology but there are still plenty of opportunities for new ideas in the industry. Develop one of these as far as you can, then raise some startup funding and give it a go. The worst it can do is fail, the best make you a fortune. Go for it !!

  2. Nowhere [Anonymous] that’s the problem. Many of the most important advances in this industry were achieved without the knowledge of management.

  3. In today’s corporate world where employees are scared of their shadows due to corporate correctness, where do such people today manage to do the impossible?

  4. Yes indeed, Stooriefit, Widlar it was

  5. Absolutely, Bitter, despite Widlar’s chips making hundreds of millions for Fairchild and National,he did a lot of his stuff without the management knowing and I beleive it was Bob Noyce who eventually twiggged that Widlar’s ideas were genius. What hope of genius being recognised today?

  6. These bloody geeks and geniuses, throwing disruptive technologies around themselves ruining the harmony carefully crafted out of the mediocreness and status quo of the mundane.

  7. Bob Widlar, with the Fairchild uA702 and uA709.
    The uA702 had a stonking 9 transistors I believe!

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