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The 1960s Planar Transistor Framed



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This is a beautiful display of the 1960 1st Planar Transistor that revolutionized the direction of computing.   John Bardeen, Walter Brattain and William Shockley discovered the transistor effect and developed the first device in December 1947 at Bell Laboratories.  This is an incredible display of an original 1960s Planar Transistor used a high powered microscope to photograph and has provenance notes on back and on front.  Art works starts with a microscopic view of a Planar Transistor.  The invention of the planar transistor was the quantum jump in technology needed to create the silicon integrated circuit.  At Fairchild Semiconductor, Jean Hoerni created the planar transistor.  The planar method created transistors in layers using photolithography.  It was nature extension when Robert Noyce used Hoerni's method to connect multiple transistors together to create an integrated circuit on a single piece of silicon.  This artwork includes an original planar transistor and multiple images of it.  The image was created by photographing the chip using a microscope and special lighting.  The colors come from the prism effect created by the lighting and the layered manufacturing process of computer chips.  The smaller photograph is picture of the transistor package with the can removed.  The chip can be seen in the center of the header.  The artwork is professionally framed in an 8"x10" box frame with glass.  The title board, smaller picture and mounted transistor are raised by about 1/4” off the background and appear to be floating.  A narrative is included on the back of the frame which has information about the artwork and the artist's signature.  These Planar Transistors are seldom found and this is truly a beautiful piece of history for museum or professional collectors display.

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