PCGH Retro: The birth of the integrated circuit and the end of Atari
Once again PCGH takes a look at the short but eventful history of the computer. Today: What happened on July 30?
...1959: An important day for the history of the Computer: On July 30, 1959 Robert Norton Noyce, an employee of Fairchild Semiconductor (and a founder member of Intel), applied for a patent for his invention of the integrated circuit. Unfortunately Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments had done the same in February already - therefore the two companies took court actions. Kilby and Noyce can be seen as the fathers of the microchip. Without their invention modern processors would be unimaginable.
...1996: The financially stricken video game pioneer Atari merges with the hard drive producer JTS. This deal had been arranged by the founder of Commodore Jack Tramiel, who had been chief of Atari years before: After the crash of the video gaming market in 1983 he took over the lead. Under his direction Atari released the successful computer series ST and other things. Since the fusion with JTS the name Atari stopped to exist and no more Atari products had been developed - until two years later JTS sold the rights to Hasbro. But there it won't stay for a long time.
...2001: Ati buys the Hydravision technology of the company Appian. This technology had already been integrated into the Radeon drivers. The software enables the trouble-free use of multiple monitors - soon Nvida draws even with the Nview technology and multi monitoring becomes a standard.