September 9, 2011 By Chad Vander Veen
The first functioning integrated circuit.
Several executives, including former TI Chairman Mark Shepherd, gathered for the event on September 12, 1958. What they saw was a sliver of germanium, with protruding wires, glued to a glass slide. It was a rough device, but when Kilby pressed the switch, an unending sine curve undulated across the oscilloscope screen.
source: Texas Instruments
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