Saturday, 25 April 2015

The Daily Teaser — 25-4-2015: Integrated Circuitry.

Blimey, I’m up, early.

Basically … ?

Basically, I’ve a 9 o’clock start, today.     And a staff meeting at 8·30.

Before that?   Well, before that, I want to post up today’s Teaser.

But ALSO wanted to tell you I’d picked up a couple of albums from iTunes: a couple by The Associates, whose work I’d enjoyed back in the early 1980s.

The one problem?   Is that their seminal album, Sulk, isn’t on iTunes: or Google Play.

Although copies are on Amazon.   For an eye watering price.

Blowed if I’m paying that for a CD!


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yes, let’s … !

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring five out of five.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?   Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 25th April saw publication of Robert Noyce’s patent for his version of the integrated circuit.   In which year of the 1960s?
Q2) Noyce co-founded two companies that made integrated circuits.   One was Fairchild Semiconductor.   What is the other: Intel, AMD or ARM?
Q3) That latter company made circuits known as the x what series of circuits: x76, x86 or x96?
Q4) Fairchild Semiconductors takes its name from semiconducting materials.   In other words, materials that will, under the right circumstances, conduct what: heat, light or electricity?
Q5) The most frequently used semiconductor on earth is silicon.   Which ‘G’ was used in early integrated circuits?
Q6) The second most frequently used semiconductor is Gallium Arsenide. The compound is a mixture of Gallium: and what else?
Q7) One type of integrated circuit is the memory in your computer: known as RAM.   What does the A stand for?
Q8) An integrated circuits integrates lots of what, into one package: transistors, valves or power sources?
Q9) Integrated circuits generally get twice as efficient, once every 18 months to two years.   This is known as whose law?
Q10) Finally … these kinds of integrated circuits are informally known as what: rice, breadboards or chips?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 24th April, 1914, saw the Franck-Herz experiment presented to the German Physical Society.   The experiment is considered a corner of which branch of physics: nuclear physic, quantum mechanics or astro-physics?
Q2) 24th April, 1953, saw Sir Winston Churchill knighted by the Queen.   Which knighthood was he given?
A2) The Order of the Garter.
Q3) 24th April, 1968, saw Mauritius become a member of the UN.   The island is in which ocean?
A3) The Indian Ocean.
Q4) 24th April, 1924, saw the birth of Sir Clement Freud, MP.   On which Radio 4 show was he a frequent panelist?
Q5) Finally … Thutmose 3rd was named as ruler of Egypt: on 24th April, 1479BC.   As ruler, he would have been a what: king, emperor or pharaoh?
A5) Pharaoh.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“Innovation is everything.   When you’re on the forefront, you can see what the next innovation needs to be.   When you’re behind, you have to spend your energy catching up.”

Robert Noyce, December 12, 1927 – June 3, 1990.
And these tunes … 

Enjoy your day!

*        Oh, gosh, I hope so, Debbi!   I’d’ve never been able to write that first Teaser!   (Which look’s very different, I should add … )

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I can imagine.

1. 1961
2. Intel
3. x86
4. electricity
5. germanium
6. arsenic
7. access
8. transistors
9. Moore's
10. chips

Would you believe that when I started college, I took electronics technology courses? Seems like ages ago. :)