Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
One of the best chips ever made was Dave Fullagar’s µ741 which came out in 1968 to instant success.
A contemporary Fairchild internal memo dated June 1968 quoted in Bo Lojek’s incomparable History of Semiconductor Engineering, reads:
‘The µ741 has surpassed all expectations as the Second Generation successor to the µ709.
‘Since its announcement on May 6th, we’ve shipped more µ741s than any other new LIC – the orders are still pouring in!
‘We’ve got a winner!!!’
Eight months after that memo, in February 1969, Fullagar left Fairchild to join Intersil.Tags: eight months, Fairchild, generation successor, second generation, winner 21