IEEE Milestone: Conductive Polymer Self-Regulating Heat-Tracing Cable

  Milestone: Conductive Polymer Self-Regulating Heat-Tracing Cable, 1972   Electrical heating has many aspects including less energy use and tighter temperature control that make it the choice for heating process pipes and freeze protection. Two notable deficiencies are corrected by the parallel circuit self-regulating heaters invented by Raychem in 1972.       For more… Read more

IEEE Milestone: Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

  Milestone: Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, 1962 Dedication Date: February 1, 1984   The basic research tool at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center is an intense beam of electrons that have been accelerated by an electric field. The two-mile linear accelerator produces this field using high-power microwaves traveling through an evacuated waveguide. Electrons injected into… Read more

IEEE Milestone: RAMAC

  Milestone: RAMAC, 1956 Dedication Date: May 26, 2005   On May 6, 1955 International Business Machines Corporation made an announcement that went largely unnoticed outside the computer community and other technical circles. The company reported that a team of engineers working in a small research and development laboratory in San Jose, CA, had developed… Read more

IEEE Milestone: Development of the HP-35, the First Handheld Scientific Calculator

  Milestone: Development of the HP-35, the First Handheld Scientific Calculator, 1972 Dedication Date: April 14, 2009   Developed by Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, California at 1501 Pagemill Road and introduced in 1972, the HP-35 was the first full-function, shirt-pocket-sized, scientific calculator. This invention revolutionized the profession by allowing the engineer to make almost… Read more

IEEE Milestone: Semiconductor Planar Process and Integrated Circuit

  Milestone: Semiconductor Planar Process and Integrated Circuit, 1959 Dedication Date: May 8, 2009   The 1959 invention of the Planar Process by Jean A. Hoerni and the Integrated Circuit (IC) based on planar technology by Robert N. Noyce catapulted the semiconductor industry into the silicon IC era. This pair of pioneering inventions led to… Read more

IEEE Milestone: SPICE Circuit Simulation Program

  Milestone: SPICE Circuit Simulation Program, 1970 Dedication Date: February 20, 2011   SPICE was the first computer program for simulating the performance of integrated circuits that was readily available to undergraduate students for study of integrated circuit design. Hundreds of graduates from UC Berkeley and other universities became the backbone of the engineering workforce… Read more

IEEE Milestone: The Floating Gate EEPROM

  Milestone: The Floating Gate EEPROM, 1976 – 1978 Dedication Date: August 20, 2012   EPROM, EEPROM, Flash EEPROM, NOR Flash and NAND Flash are non-volatile memory technologies that were introduced between 1970 and 1987. While at Hughes Microelectronics, Eli Harari showed that thin SiO2 films (of about 100 Å) were an efficient and reliable… Read more

IEEE Milestone: CP/M Microcomputer Operating System

  Milestone: CP/M Microcomputer Operating System, 1974 Dedication Date: April 25, 2014   Control Program for Microcomputers, CP/M, was the first commercial operating system to allow a microprocessor-based computer to interface to a disk drive storage unit. CP/M played an important role in stimulating the hobbyist personal computer movement of the 1970s. Its ability to… Read more

IEEE Milestone: SPARC RISC Architecture

  Milestone: SPARC RISC Architecture, 1987 Dedication Date: February 13, 2015   Historical significance: Is the platform for semiconductor IC design and development Delivered a new level of performance that enabled a myriad of new applications Cost effective technology made available to commercial uses in volume Open architecture adapted by multiple companies allowing independent innovations… Read more

IEEE Special Citation: Computer History Museum

  IEEE Special Citation: Computer History Museum, 1979 Dedication Date: October 29, 2015   The Computer History Museum captures the history of computers and computing. Attending the museum is a learning experience for all age groups. For the younger generation, the exhibits and interactive programs encourage them to become computer professionals. The Computer History Museum… Read more