By Bill Martin – In this period, Moore’s Law was ‘coined’ and quickly drove and guided silicon manufacturers to prove their processing prowess. It also drove product companies and their marketing staffs to harness the guaranteed 2x density, improved performance and less expensive next generation silicon technology within their products. Like an atomic clock, the market expected and received the new capabilities every 18-24 months.
The IC treadmill was at full speed replacing older, larger, slower, higher maintenance products with ICs. As ‘they’ conquered existing products, new uses from the significant (medical devices), to the trivial (musical greeting cards) were developed to capture the growing disposable income. In the early days, it was cheap to create any type of product to test market acceptance. more> http://tinyurl.com/km2s5uf