Who Invented the IC? Kilby, Noyce, LN3, Micrologic, SN514B, ul915, 2N1613



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About this Artwork 

This is a mixed-media artwork exploring the concept and inventions surrounding the Integrated Circuit (IC). The artwork contains four early artifacts a Western Electric 1858 Bipolar Junction transistor, a Fairchild 2N1613 Planar transistor, a Fairchild Micrologic 914 logic chip, and a Texas Instruments SN514B logic chip. The display describes the evolution of the integrated circuit and some of the key people and companies that led to the creation of the computer chip.

The following is the preamble at the top of the artwork:

Everyone talks about Integrated Circuits (ICs) and computer chips and how they changed the world, but who invented the integrated circuit? There have been a lot of controversies, arguments, and lawsuits over who created the integrated circuit. Indeed, no one has ever patented an “integrated circuit” or a “computer chip”. The truth can be found if the question is adequately analyzed and the achievements appropriately categorized and placed in the hierarchy of ideas, inventions, and patents. Ideas do not arise in a vacuum. They are always founded upon the foundational ideas and discoveries that preceded them. The question comes down to the weight of a new concept. Is it materially different and distinguishable from what existed before? Were semiconductors the first integrated circuits? Let’s explore some innovations through time to see how they came together to become the computer chip...


The artwork is a 16"x20" in a black shadow box frame, with glass. All framing materials are acid-free. A narrative about the artwork that includes the artist’s signature is placed on the back of the artwork.

Please note:  The look of the artifacts in the artworks may vary, each piece is unique.