Inventor of transistor dies


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Morgan Sparks, who helped make the transistor a reality, passed away this week at his daughter's home. He was 91.

Sparks' death was confirmed by the Sandia National Laboratories , where Sparks served as director.

While Sparks wasn't directly involved in the invention of the transistor at Bell Labs , he joined the group led by William Shockley, who invented the transistor along with John Bardeen and Walter Houser Brattain.

Sparks was credited, however, with building the first "practical" transistor, taking the theoretical concept and turning it into an actual device. Sparks helped or created most of the so-called junction transistors, developing the necessary crystals. Transistors, of course, are the foundation of the integrated circuit, the basis of all computer chips today.

Sparks worked at Bell Labs for 30 years, eventually moving to Sandia National Laboratories, where he served as Sandia Labs director from 1972 until his retirement in 1981.

"Morgan was president when I was a young staff member at Sandia," according to a statement released by Tom Hunter, the current director of the Sandia National Labs. "He set the framework for Sandia to become a multiprogram lab. He was widely recognized for his ability to engage the Labs in many new areas that proved to be important for our future. He was also a great supporter of the country and the University of New Mexico. He made a big impact on all of us. I spent some time with him at the Nevada Test Site in the early '70s. He was a credit to the lab and, true to our mission, provided exceptional service to the nation."

god bless him coz withour him we probably would not ave had computers


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Great service to humanity.

Speaking of resistors, anyone heard of memristors?


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Great service to humanity.

Speaking of resistors, anyone heard of memristors?

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what the heck is a memristor?


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what the heck is a memristor?

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Well they’re basically resistors which are able to “remember” what state they were in - hence memory-resistors = memristors. Discovered at HP Labs. These would help in instant-on/off computers and devices

Still in its “proof-of-concept” stages though, but its been done!


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ya its new kind of ram which can remember what a user did in the past in a specific scenario and repeat it

something lyke that


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ya its new kind of ram which can remember what a user did in the past in a specific scenario and repeat it

something lyke that

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so that means it could help speed up operatin system loadin times right?

since stuff wont have to be copied again into the ram


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so that means it could help speed up operatin system loadin times right?

since stuff wont have to be copied again into the ram

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ya probably


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These are transistors that can remember what the computer was doing when the power was switched off. So for example, if the power goes out and I'm doing something terrible important, when it comes back on, the computer will immediately revert to its previous state!

I think what this means is no more corrupted files and disk checks and stuff...Push the button and you're on instantly.


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These are transistors that can remember what the computer was doing when the power was switched off. So for example, if the power goes out and I’m doing something terrible important, when it comes back on, the computer will immediately revert to its previous state!

I think what this means is no more corrupted files and disk checks and stuff…Push the button and you’re on instantly.

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like firefox session restore

btw we can have this feature in an operating system without any need for transistor only ram or harddisk space would be needed and you would have session restore function in your os