Geek Fact for January 23rd


In 1959, Robert Noyce conceived of the idea of an integrated circuit, aka microchip.

It was at Fairchild Semiconductor, where he was the General Manager, that Robert Noyce invented the microchip for which he received patent #2,981,877. In 1968, Noyce founded Intel with Gordon Moore and Andy Grove.

Learn more at http://inventors.about.com/od/nstartinventors/p/Robert_Noyce.htm

In 1985, Apple Computer officially renamed the Lisa 2/10 computer to Macintosh XL.

Priced at $3,995, the Macintosh XL had 512 kilobytes of memory, expandable to 1 megabyte. The computer also has a built-in 10-megabyte hard drive.

Learn more at http://www.krsaborio.net/apple/research/1985/0123.htm

In 1996, Sun Microsystems shipped the Java 1.0 development kit.

It’s still an extremely popular language with millions of developers worldwide.

Read more at http://java.about.com/od/gettingstarted/a/whatisjava.htm

In 2002, Sony began selling a PlayStation One with a plug-in LCD screen.

According to the press release, the 5” LCD screen gave “the popular gaming device more mobility so fans can play almost anywhere.” It was priced at $199.99.

Read more at http://us.playstation.com/corporate/about/press-release/3.html

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