Good news for those with more space: Big, digital, high-definition-ready TVs that also do a great job with DVDs keep getting cheaper and better. My favorites this year were based on Texas Instruments (nasdaq: TXN - news - people)' mirror-flipping Digital Light Processing chips. Samsung's $4,000 Tantus HLM-507W 50-inch-wide-screen rear-projection TV, due midyear, has a surprisingly slim profile and weighs less than 100 pounds. And Sharp's $10,999 XV-Z9000U DLP front projector, designed for home theaters, is available now. Add a screen, an audio system and popcorn, and it's hard to imagine why you would ever venture to the movieplex.
market_guy, my understanding is that Robert Noyce actually did the first truly integrated (monolithic) circuit some time after our own Jack Kilby did his (more correctly described) hybrid IC. I think Noyce died in the late 80's, but not sure about that. That fact made it easier to hand out the Nobel Prize to Mr. Kilby. Both men deserve more credit than they will ever receive in our lifetimes, IMHO.
It was Robert Noyce of Fairchild (later a co-founder of Intel). The US patent office (and most peole outside TI) give Noyce credit for inventing the IC. Kilby won half the 2000 Physics Nobel Prize for "his contribution to the invention of the IC", or something like that. He would undoubtedly have shared his half with Noyce if Noyce hadn't died a while back. Nobel Prizes are not awarded posthumously.
That said, Kilby and Noyce were very much co-inventors, and Kilby's contribution, building multiple components into a single crystal, was actualy more dramatic than Noyce's, connecting the components with deposited and etched metal. Absent either one, the invention was of little value. But Noyce was first to file for a device using both features, so he was awarded the patent.
big, i guess that's why the ti development fab is called mfab, uh?
well ok, co-invented if you insist. we both know the "co" is either there or not there depending on the source. and it sure as hell too late in the day for me to change my image, you know.