Keeping Solid State Electronics Young

How can solid state electronics mature without losing its youth? This was the question posed in the US by Professor J.C. Linvill of the Stanford Electronics Laboratory.

So starts a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of March 29th 1961.

The story continues:


‘Speaking at the Solid State Circuits Conference in Philadelphia, Dr Linvill commented that in spite of over-evaluation of their importance, at least one major discovery a year had been made for several years.


He estimates that 4000 engineers are engaged in solid state research, that the value of semiconductor products reached in 1960 was $500 million and that research expenditure for the same year was $150 million.


On immediate objectives, Dr Linvill said that high on the list must be placed the need for an increase in basic research output, particularly in the systems field.

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