Jack Kilby : The Creation Of The Integrated Circuit, Or Microchip

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Jack Kilby is credited for the creation of the integrated circuit, or microchip. In 1947, Kilby was hired by Globe Union Inc. It was here that he was completing developmental work in circuitry. He began working for Texas Instruments where he created an integrated circuit by putting together electronic elements that had been isolated before that time (Biography.com Editors). In March of 1959 in the New York Coliseum, Kilby presented the chip at the Institute of Radio Engineers’ annual trade. This invention helped to make products that seem like they would come straight from a science fiction movie a reality. Personal computers, the Internet, or even a handheld calculator would not be possible without Kilby’s invention (Kaplan 2009). More…show more content…
Only 22 percent of dogs not microchipped were returned while 52 percent of microchipped dogs were returned, which is a 238 percent increase (Petfinder n.d.). While there are four main brands of microchip implant for animals, not all of them are compatible with the implant scanners in the United States or in other countries. Table 1 indicates the brands that are able to be scanned in the United States. The Avid “Friendchip” is the most common brand of implant in the United States (Antichips.com 2008). Table 1-Microchips brands able to be scanned in the United States Microchip implant brand Able to be scanned in the United States ISO Conformant Full Duplex No Trovan Unique Yes FECAVA or Destron Yes, but not able to be scanned everywhere Avid brand Friendchip Yes, but not able to be scanned everywhere Figure 1. Non-microchipped vs microchipped return rate Human microchip implants are not as common as animal implants, but they could become the next big thing in the future. Professor Kevin Warwick was the first person to experiment with putting implants into humans. In August 1998, he had a chip placed into his arm. This implant allowed him to open doors turn lights and heaters off and on, and could operate computers without using his hands (Project Cyborg 1.0 n.d.). While this experiment only lasted nine
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