Science: New Wrinkles

Transistorized Computer. Bell Telephone Laboratories told last week about a large-capacity electronic computer whose essential works occupy only three cubic feet of space instead of a good-sized room. The reduction of size is due to the replacement of bulky vacuum tubes by 800 tiny transistors and 11,000 germanium diodes. All of them together need only 100 watts ) of current, less than one-twentieth of the power required by a comparable vacuum-tube computer.

The Bell TRADIC (TRAnsistor-DIgital-Computer), developed for the Air Force, is intended for use on airplanes, taking over much of the electronic thinking...

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