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Introduction to Microelectronics “Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1.5 tons.” unknown, Popular Mechanics, March 1949 “If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside.” Robert Cringely, InfoWorld magazine “One shouldn’t work on semiconductors, that is a filthy mess; who knows if they really exist!” Wolfgang Pauli, Nobel Prize in Physics 1945
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World transistor production has more than doubled every year for the past twenty years. Every year, more transistors are produced than in all previous years combined. Approximately 10 9 transistors were produced in a recent year. Roughly
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