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this day in the yesteryear: Texas Instruments Announces First Commercial Transistor Radio (1954)


Texas Instruments Announces First Commercial Transistor Radio (1954)

Transistors are the basis of much modern electronic technology, including the most popular communications device in history: the transistor radio. Billions of these compact, portable radios were manufactured during the 1960s and 1970s. Battery-operated, they came in handy during electrical outages, and their pocket size sparked a change in popular music listening habits, allowing people to listen to music anywhere they went. When it was released in 1954, how much did the transistor radio cost? More… Discuss