Lecture 13 Notes
Computing in Canada Part 2: The Age of the Microprocessor
- Individual and interactive use of computers was only possible on time-sharing
systems -- popular technique allowed multiple-users immediate access to the
- In fall of 1971, Intel Corporation announced a new era in integrated electronics
to be brought about by the microprocessor -- a computer’s central processing
unit on a single integrated circuit.
- It allowed the design and manufacture of inexpensive computer hardware
- By the end of the 1980s, microprocessor-based computing became a major force
in redefining the modern society and engineering its digital future.
- Canadian high-technology industry could not properly develop and stay
competitive on the world’s market without investing in electronics.
- Government teamed up with the Northern Electric Company to research,
develop, and manufacture a variety of electronic devices such as transistors,
diodes, and integrated circuits.
- Northern Electric transformed its Advanced Devices Center to a new company
called Microsystems International Ltd. (MIL) Head quarters in Montreal,
facility in Ottawa
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