Obsolete Transistors

Written by Seth Cotterell
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When transistors were first invented at Bell Labs, they were bulky and inefficient by today’s standards. Though they were an incredible advance over the vacuum tube circuits in use at the time, they were still too cumbersome and slow to accommodate the birth of the information age. Only as time has progressed and increasing levels of sophistication have resulted in the reduction of transistors to microscopic proportions has the modern computing age become possible.

Today, a single integrated circuit, or chip, can contain more than a million transistors. These circuits are used in microprocessors that have become smaller and faster as transistors have shrunk and advanced. The rate at which this happens is so fast that the newest and best transistor/circuit can be considered obsolete in no time. Though the transistor is still perfectly usable and capable of performing virtually any task required, there is a newer model that is just slightly faster than its predecessor, making it obsolete.

Purchasing Obsolete Transistors

The demand for these obsolete transistors is high. As soon as a transistor is called obsolete, its price falls dramatically. New electronics are expensive, but prices for older models fall quickly. Obsolete transistors can be purchased as repair or replacement parts at a fraction of the cost of new transistors. This makes them ideal for companies looking to cut costs without sacrificing quality or service.

For these companies, the best place to find obsolete transistors and other electronic components is through an online distributor. Independent online distributors that specialize in discontinued and obsolete electronics are able to carry massive inventories of all kinds of products. Their prices are usually very low and locating just about any type of electronic component is quick and easy through their online database.

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