The Don Liddie papers on Signetics contain the professional papers of Don Liddie, a Signetics employee from 1963 through
1995. The collection documents the corporate culture of the semiconductor industry and Silicon Valley from the late 1960s
through the mid 1990s. Types of material include memoranda, correspondence, newsletters, policy manuals, procedure manuals,
promotional material, data books, annual reports, organizational charts, business plans, photographs, and scrapbooks.
Signetics, a contraction of Signal Network Electronics, was founded in 1961 in Mountain View, California by former Fairchild
employees David Allison, David James, Lionel Kartner and Mark Weisenstein. It was the first company in the world established
expressly to make and sell integrated circuits (IC). Within a year of its founding, the company's first family of bipolar
digital diode transistor logic circuits had gained market acceptance and were finding initial application in military and
space systems. Signetics was the first IC company to receive both Minuteman approval (1967) and NASA line certification 1970).
Among the company's early innovations were the 555 timer, Dolby circuits, and the programmable read-only memory.
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