Forgotten PC History

Eric Smith eric at
Sat Aug 9 20:59:48 CDT 2008

Roy J. Tellason wrote:
> There were also those "flatpacks" which I never could figure out.  A precursor 
> to surface mount?  Something else?

Yes, for military applications.  For instance, the Apollo Guidance 
Computer is full of chips in flatpacks.

I'm not an expert on early IC packaging, but AFAIK the flatpack predated 
the DIP.  Prior to the DIP, most ICs had 10 pins or fewer, and were 
offered in flatpacks or round metal cans.

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