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Mark Fortunato

Integration: Old but New

Mark Fortunato
MClayton
MClayton
1/17/2013 2:00:29 PM
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Early Analog IC's 1960's
While Kilby and Noyce were focused on Patents, the Military was focused on what they called Batch Electronics.   And yes, some were simply looking to replace Von Braun's relay racks with anything else.  But while the thin film gurus worked on many digital replacement, the earliest IC R/D folks focused on analog solutions for the military and aerospace.  Batch Electronics Conferences were popular in early 1960's, as IC industry struggled with its identity, Solid Circuits a la TI, Molecular Electronics a al Westinghouse (which were mostly analog at first), and finally IC name from Fairchild.  Perhaps some of you can comment on the early 1960's, with no implanters, no plasma tools, only Bipolar Devices and some fancy isolation, metallization, and gettering processes to stabilize those early analog parts.  RF, IF, amps, and attempts at single chip miilitary radios????

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Brad Albing
Brad Albing
1/14/2013 12:16:47 PM
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uA709
I had almost forgotten about the '709. Probably best to on retrospect. It was a tough one to use. Better than op-amps made with 12AX7s of course, but still....

The LM301 was a little better. All things considered, I'm glad we're not still back there.

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Brad Albing
Brad Albing
1/14/2013 12:09:01 PM
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Re: MAX232
That is a sweet part. Used a bunch myself. Solved a lot of problems in one fell swoop.

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patrick.mannion
patrick.mannion
1/14/2013 11:18:00 AM
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Re: The Zen of IC
Granted, there will always be the 'purist' who'd go the discrete route for corner-case designs that need a very specific optimization, but so much is now integrated at such high performance, that the benefits of discrete are going asymptotic really quickly. Increasingly, much more is to be gained in many cases by focusing on the overall system and how it meets the final objectives at a broader level. Issues such as customer satisfaction, UI, software come to mind.

But this, will always be a good discussion as technologies improve, and the users/designers make clearer their needs.

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Mark Fortunato
Mark Fortunato
1/11/2013 7:06:20 PM
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Re: The Zen of IC
Tom, this is certainly no hard corner we are turning.  The key difference is that the level of integration in analog/mixed-signal is getting so great that much of the architecture of the end euipment is going into the chip.  This is fundamentally different that just providing building block chips that can go nearly anywhere with the system architecture being completely in how the many chips are combined at the board level.

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TheMeasurementBlues
TheMeasurementBlues
1/11/2013 5:01:51 PM
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Fairchild
Mark, have you ever read "Makers of the MicroChip? Read my review.

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TheMeasurementBlues
TheMeasurementBlues
1/11/2013 4:57:59 PM
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MAX232
The MAX232 is high on my list of great parts. I used many of them on RS-232 ports for printers and modems.

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TomMurphy
TomMurphy
1/11/2013 3:14:43 PM
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The Zen of IC
Certainly, integrated circuits moved us past the days of stand alone "building blocks," but I'm not really sure I see how we've reached a turning point to a "new age."  Can you explain what was the tipping point that you think brought us into a new realm of analog design, please?

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