EARLY TRANSISTOR HISTORY AT RCA

Fred L. Hunter

 

Biographic Note

 

After receiving a B.E.E degree from Syracuse University in January 1951, Mr. Fred L. Hunter joined RCA as an engineer trainee, starting in February.  He spent the next nine years involved in the design, development and production of early RCA transistors.  He left RCA briefly from 1960 until 1962 to establish the development and production of a line of fast recovery silicon diodes at General Instruments.   Mr. Hunter returned to RCA in 1962, where he remained until retirement from RCA  (GE/Harris)  in August, 1990.   Through the 1970s and 1980s, he held a variety of Senior Engineer and Engineering Group Leader assignments for transistor and other solid state device projects.  His career spans the decades of exciting technological changes of transistor developments, from the first point contact transistors through to the early integrated circuits containing thousands of transistors. He was the engineer assigned to many of the early RCA transistors and this Oral History provides details which might not otherwise be available.

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Oral History – Fred Hunter

 

This Oral History was developed from material supplied by Mr. Fred  Hunter in Feb, 2001.

 

After graduation from Syracuse University in 1951, I joined RCA as an engineer trainee, gaining experience in both receiving tube and transistor design during my first year as a trainee.  I then joined the newly formed RCA Semiconductor Division, as a design and development engineer. 

 

I was initially assigned to the Advanced Development Group at the Harrison plant.  George Rose was the manager of this group and Bob Slade was the engineering leader.  My first projects involved work on the point contact transistor which were being developed at the time.  I  worked with Bob Slade to study P-Type point contact transistors.  Here is the wording from a report on this work: “ The higher mobility of P-type germanium would be expected to yield devices with a higher frequency response.  Advantage has been taken taken of this in the P-Type TA-201, which is the P-Type counterpart of the TA-166 and TA-183B. The P-Type TA-202 also gives better high frequency performance (as an oscillator, in this case) than the N-Type TA-172.” Bob and I published a paper in the RCA Review in March 1954 on this topic.  It was titled “High-Frequency Operation of the P-Type Point-Contact Transistors”.

 

 

 

 

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