Timeless Tuesday – The Crystalline Sliver

We take a look back at a pivotal time in history when the tiny, electronic semiconductor, dubbed “The Crystalline Sliver”, first came to be.

The year was 1948.

Bell Telephone Laboratories arranged a news conference to announce an important new invention.

“The Crystalline Sliver”

“Bell scientists and engineers expect it may have far-reaching significance in electronics and electrical communication.”

“Not much larger than a shoe-lace tip” came a tiny electronic semiconductor that revolutionised the world we live in.

They came to replace traditionally used vacuum tubes that were hot, brittle and bulky.¬†In devices like the radio and TV –¬†putting electronics on its path of miniaturisation and global use.

In 1956, the 3 scientists behind the discovery won a Nobel prize:

  • William Bradford Shockley
  • John Bardeen
  • Walter Houser Brattain

“For their researches on semiconductors and their discovery of the transistor effect.”

The total number of transistors in the world today, if counted, would exceed…

1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 A sextillion.