Barely fifty years ago a computer was a gargantuan, vastly expensive thing that only a handful of scientists had ever seen. The worldas brightest engineers were stymied in their quest to make these machines small and affordable until the solution finally came from two ingenious young Americans. Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce hit upon the stunning discovery that would make possible the silicon microchip, a work that would ultimately earn Kilby the Nobel Prize for physics in 2000. In this completely revised and updated edition of The Chip, T.R. Reid tells the gripping adventure story of their invention and of its growth into a global information industry. This is the story of how the digital age began. From the Trade Paperback edition.When the first driver puts his foot back on the accelerator. the driver in the second car sees the brake lights ahead of her go off, and she, ... delay and to allow a little additional time for signals to travel through the circuitry on the chip, the clock rate athe time signature that sets the tempo for each operationain a small calculator is set at 10 microseconds, or one pulse every hundred thousandth of a second.
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