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How Old is the First Microchip and What’s it Worth?

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Hey, it laid the foundation for so much of what we do right now. Including the device you’re reading this on. So, it’s got to be worth millions right? Yeah, not quite. As is often the case, the bids are not quite meeting sellers’ expectations. The prototype microchip had been expected to sell at at Chrisitie’s Auction House in New York for $1 million to $2 million. But the bidding did not even reach the minimum reserve. Maybe the should have fed some data into a computer that might have been able to help calculate the odds. And now the answer: The prototype microchip was created to demonstrate the integrated circuit for Texas Instruments in…..(drum roll)…..1958! Its engineer Jack Kilby went on to win the Nobel Prize in physics. DB

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