Quiz on the chips, semiconductor devices by The Hindu – 15 Nov 2021

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1 November 15 happens to be the 50th anniversary of the release of the world’s first commercially manufactured microprocessor. Name it.

Answer – Intel 4004,

2 This inventor and electronics pioneer was one of two researchers who contributed to the invention of the most widely used electronic component today in the world – the MOSFET (metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistor). Later in his career, he also developed the Personal Identification Number (PIN) system. Name him.

Answer – Mohamed M. Atalla

3 Intel, one of the world’s largest chip manufacturing companies, had a series of microprocessors released in the 1990s and 2000s that were the most widely used CPUs in general purpose computing- the Pentium series. Name the India-born engineer and entrepreneur who led the Pentium project.

Answer – Vinod Dham

4 This person was part of a team of NASA scientists in the U.S., that developed the “active pixel sensor technology”which produced the world’s smallest camera in the 1990s and is now used widely in cell phone cameras. But he became even more famous for directing a film on freedom fighting revolutionaries belonging to the Anushilan Samity. Name him and the film he directed (and released in 2012).

Answer – Bedabrata Pain, Chittagong

5 In 1965, then chairman at Fairchild Semiconductors, this engineer wrote an article in the Electronics magazine titled, “Cramming more Components onto Integrated Circuit”, which said that number of components in a dense integrated circuit had doubled approximately every year and speculated that it would continue to do so. Later, this prediction about miniaturisation in the semiconductor industry had a widespread impact in many areas of technology. What is the prediction properly known as (after the person).

Answer – Moore’s Law (after Gordon Moore)

6. This image shows the first working integrated circuit that was created by an engineer with Texas Instruments in 1958. He pressed a switch, and the oscilloscope showed a continuous sine wave, proving that his integrated circuit worked, solving the problem of the “tyranny of numbers”. Name the engineer who went on to win the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2000.

Print. Item number: PG00032. Related number: 1987.0487.320. Unregistered item. Reference material.

Answer – Jack Kilby

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