TI Becomes an Early and
Dominant Semiconductor Company With a Fast Start in Silicon Technology.
With the introduction in May
1954 of the 900 series silicon transistor product line, Texas Instruments
literally re-invented the marketplace and technological foundations of the rapidly
expanding semiconductor business. In the six short years since the first
public announcement of the invention of the germanium transistor by Bell
Labs in June, 1948, the major developments and commercial success in this
technology were achieved by large electronics companies with lengthy
connections to the electronics industry, such as Western Electric,
Raytheon, General Electric and RCA. By introducing the 900 series grown
junction transistors several years ahead of any other serious competition in
silicon technology, Texas Instruments quickly emerged from relative
marketplace obscurity to become a dominant supplier of semiconductors.
This dominant role has continued for almost 50 years, building on the
original silicon technology success with the additional historic
development by TI of the Integrated Circuit in the late 1950s.
To learn more about
the historic contributions made by Texas Instruments to semiconductor
development, use the Oral History links at left for detailed personal
You’ll also enjoy the
excellent research and photographic account of TI transistor history
developed by Mark