William Donzelli wdonzelli at
Sat Dec 8 08:19:46 CST 2007

> For me, this is exciting because the early transistor research was (to a large extent) encouraged and funded by the Army Signal Corps lab that is now the home of our computer museum.
> Yes, Will D., we know for FACT that it was our lab and not just the ASC in general.  Will likes to keep us on our toes.  :)

The problem here is that there are a lot more facts that say most
early transistor research was so the Bell System could get rid of all
those tubes in repeater service, mostly for power and space reasons.
Define "to a large extent".

The military was actually very slow at adapting to transistor solid
state - there were many, many guys in the high up positions that did
not want them. They were right - transistors were relatively
unreliable (and poor performers) compared to tubes until about 1960.
It was not until the mid-1960 until the military started to field
partial or entirely solid state units to the troops. TRADIC and a few
other solid state equipments in the 1950s were pretty much fantasyland
- from an era when just about anything could be funded by the
military. Some might call it "pork".

And once again I will point out that Camp Evans was just a small part
of the Signal Corps. It was not the center, by any means.

And do not call the Signal Corps "ASC" - almost nobody uses that.


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