World’s First Integrated Circuit Prototype Remains Unsold after Auction
Jun27

World’s First Integrated Circuit Prototype Remains Unsold after Auction

Christie Auctions the World’s First Integrated Circuit Prototype The world’s first integrated circuit prototype was created by Texas Instruments, Jack Kilby in 1958. The microchip was designed by Kilby’s co-workers, relatives of Tom Yeargen. When a decision was made to sell the circuit prototype, Christie, a top auction house, announced the sale. Christie’s spokeswoman, Sun Hee Park, indicated in an interview that there had been much “pre-sale interest.” However, the world’s first integrated circuit prototype remains unsold after auction. One of the reasons might be related to the auction price tag at between one to two million dollars.   Jack Kilby, Texas Instruments Integrate Circuitry Jack Kilby was a leading Texas Instruments electrical engineer. Texas Instruments is a top US semi-conductor business that has produced a diverse line of instrumentation for hi-tech use. Although, Jack Kilby passed away in 2005, in 2000, he was a recipient of a Nobel Prize in physics.   Failure to Sell at Auction May Lead to Private Sale Many times when Christie’s auctions items of great value that don’t appeal to bidders, it can be purchased by private buyers or may be subject to sale at a future auction. Several of the original circuit prototypes have been circulated prior to the sale. One of these can be found at the Smithsonian. Texas Instruments has also kept one of these originals in their possession. Who Will Be a Potential Buyer? The appeal of purchasing at auction the world’s first integrated circuit prototype would mainly lie with buyers with an interest in hi-tech instrumentation or possibly collectors of originals. Since there are other original circuit prototypes, the price to purchase one may not be as appealing. Bidders at auctions prefer to be “sole owners” of unusual items that have the distinction of being the first and only of its kind....

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Harley Davidson Creates New Electric Motorcycle Prototype
Jun25

Harley Davidson Creates New Electric Motorcycle Prototype

Harley Davidson, the well-known and iconic motorcycle brand, may be making a foray into the electric vehicle market with its latest motorcycle prototype, currently named Project LiveWire. Harley Davidson made its new prototype bike fully electric, and it still accelerates like a dream, taking less than four seconds to hit 60 mph from a dead stop. Spokespeople for Harley Davidson say that their new electric motorcycle prototype carries on the brand’s tradition of reinventing the motorcycle. Throughout the brand’s history, its innovative bikes have pushed motorcycle engineering to move forward. With their latest electric motorcycle prototype, Harley Davidson hopes to attract a new demographic of riders to its brand as well as challenge the motorcycle industry to move forward yet again. So far, the electric motorcycle market hasn’t seen an entry from a large scale manufacturer such as Harley Davidson although Yamaha has announced plans to produce two electric models by the end of 2016. Smaller manufacturerers like Zero and Brammo have been the main producers of electric motorcycles currently on the market. As of yet, Harley Davidson has no plans to take its fully electric motorcycle into production. According to official statements from the company, they developed their electric motorcycle prototype in order to create something more innovative than the motorcycles they typically sell. The fact that many Harley Davidson customers crave loud bikes and electric motorcycles are whisper-quiet may make it more difficult for the company to enter the electric motorcycle market. Currently, electric motorcycles remain products for a niche market; that niche is expected to grow over the coming years. Sales of electric motorcycles currently make up less than two percent of all motorcycle sales, equaling about 5, 000 motorcycles per year. However, electric motorcycle sales are expected to grow in the coming years. The market for electric vehicles in general has shown a trend of greater demand, and more vehicle manufacturers are getting into the market as consumer demand...

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