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All-Transistor Computer from GE.

An all-transistor general purpose computer, the GE-225, has been developed by International General Electric of New York. So, 55 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of September 7th 1960 The story continues It is said to have a “general compiler ” programming technique which enables words and svmbols to be automatically translated into machine language. The machine ...

13 Competitors For UK Computer Market

At the last count, thirteen major manufacturers were found to be competing in the UK in the British digital computer market, with another four considering breaking into the field in the near future. So, 55 years ago, starts a story in Electronics Weekly’s issue of September 7th 1960 The story continues: In an interview with Electronics Weekly the latest arrival ...

Valves Are Not Dead

Valves are far from dead despite transistors was the headline, 54 years ago, on a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of May 24th 1961 The story opens. The valve is far from dead. It may have shed some of its more routine duties which have been taken up by the transistor, but new valves are to be seen in plenty. ...

TI In Volume Production Of World’s Fastest Transistor

INDUSTRY’S FASTEST SILICON TRANSISTOR ft = 300 Mc/s (Typical) 2 SI31 is how, 54 years ago, an advertisement  starts in Electronics  Weekly’s edition of May 24th 1961. The ad continues: NOW IN QUANTITY  PRODUCTION VCE (SAT) AT 100Ma = 1v MAX. SILICON  NPN EPITAXIAL MESA TRANSISTOR THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT SINCE TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INTRODUCED THE FIRST COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE SILICON TRANSISTOR

Essex Researchers Produce High Quality Ge Crystals

Among the 1,000 workers at the Baddow Research Centre of Marconi’s Wireless Telegraph Company is a group working on semiconductor research. so, 54 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of May 3rd 1961 The story continues: A group which works quietly and progressively on a range of advanced research projects, mainly concerned wiih investigations into silicon, but ...

GEC Starts The Sackings

Major moves at GEC was the headline, 54 years ago, on a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 12th 1961. The story was printed two months after Sir Michael Sobell and Arnold Weinstock’s Radio and Allied (Holdings) took control of GEC in a reverse take-over. The story starts: Sweeping staff cuts, slashing reductions in TV prices and a substantial ...

Coping With Journos

When the Israeli Post Office engineers were informed in June 1960 that the trial of Adolf Eichmann was to be held in Jerusalem, they immediately realised that this would result in such pressure on the international telecommunication network that radical measures would have to be taken to cope with the traffic. So, 54 years ago, starts a story in Electronics ...

British VTOL Plane To Star In Paris

The British aircraft which should attract the most interest in Paris is the Short SC-1 VTOL machine which will be demonstrated for the first time on the Continent. So 54 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of May 24th 1961 in a preview of the 1961 Paris Air Salon. The story continues: Short Bros and Harland will ...

Glitches Cause Hitches In Chimp’s Space Jaunt

  ‘Glitches’ put hitches in Mercury space project was the headline, 54 years ago, of a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of February 8th 1961. The story starts: Special electronic problems, dubbed “glitches”, have been encountered by engineers working on Project Mercury which carried Ham, the chimpanzee, into space last week. Glitches occur in the extensive circuitry supplied by primary ...

PM Told To Abandon Utopia

Mr Emmanuel Shinwell, veteran Labour MP and a former Defence Minister, urged the prime Minister to suspend for the time being “Utopian schemes” – such as the communications satellite programme – and spend the money instead on housing “of which the population is in much need.” So, 54 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of February 8th ...