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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