History of Innovation
TI has been innovating and impacting the world for nearly 80 years. This is the 50th anniversary of the invention of the integrated circuit, one of the most significant inventions of the 20th century. Few companies can match the record of innovations from the inventive minds at Texas Instruments. These advances include such world-changing technology as the first IC and the first electronic handheld calculator.


About the invention
Jack Kilby’s first working integrated circuit consisted of a transistor, several resistors, and a capacitor on a sliver of germanium less than half an inch long. It was a rough device by any standard, but it worked.

Kilby often remarked that if he’d known he’d be showing the first working integrated circuit, he would’ve “prettied it up a little.”

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About the inventor
At 6 feet, 6 inches, Jack St. Clair Kilby stood tall. But probably never more so than on Sept. 12, 1958, when he demonstrated the first integrated circuit to fellow TI engineers.

They probably didn’t realize it then, but Sept. 12 would become one of the most important birthdates in the history of technology.

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Impact of the invention
Even seven years after introducing the world to the integrated circuit, Jack Kilby shrugged off his invention, predicting, “It won’t be that big a deal in the long term.”

Fifty years later, we know better. The integrated circuit’s DNA makes the Internet, PCs, cell phones and, well, the world, go round.

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TI launches Kilby Labs to deliver breakthrough semiconductor technology. New innovation
center builds on Jack Kilby’s legacy of invention.

Read Rich Templeton's remarks
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