Business: The Mighty Mite

The newest wonder in U.S. industry is the transistor, a sliver of germanium or silicon no bigger than a shoelace tip, with wisps of wire attached. It is the missing electronic link that is making possible a host of new devices, e.g., a wrist radio, a hearing aid so tiny that it fits inside an eyeglass frame. In a jet fighter the use of transistors cuts 1,500 Ibs. from the plane's weight. Last week the mighty mite had the electrical industry racing madly to expand transistor production: Motorola is putting up a $1,500,000 plant...

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