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Encyclopedia > General Instrument

General Instrument (GI) was a diversified electronics manufacturer which specialised in semiconductors and cable television equipment. The company was active until 1997, when it split into General Semiconductor (power semiconductors), CommScope and NextLevel Systems (the cable and satellite TV division, which later reverted to GI name). The new (post-split) General Instrument Corporation was later acquired by Motorola and became the Motorola Connected Home Solutions division. Donald Rumsfeld served as CEO of General Instrument from 1990 to 1993. The field of electronics comprises the study and use of systems that operate by controlling the flow of electrons (or other charge carriers) in devices such as thermionic valves (vacuum tubes) and semiconductors. ... Manufacturing is the transformation of raw materials into finished goods for sale, or intermediate processes involving the production or finishing of semi-manufactures. ... A semiconductor is a solid whose electrical conductivity can be controlled over a wide range, either permanently or dynamically. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motorola (NYSE: MOT) is an American international communications company based in Schaumburg, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. ... The Connected Home Solutions (CHS) division of Motorola is headquartered in Horsham, Pennsylvania. ... Captain Donald Henry Rumsfeld, USNR (Ret. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... This article is about the year. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...

American Totalizator Corporation/AmTote

A division of General Instrument Corp. It manufactured tote boards for the horse racing industry.


GI's original cable TV brand, active from 1948 into the early 1990s. Around 1993, GI dropped the Jerrold branding.

GI Microelectronics

GI Microelectronics was a manufacturer of LSI circuits and a pioneer in MOS technology and EAROM (Electrically Alterable ROM), with both off-the-shelf and custom circuits. GI spun the division off as Microchip Technology in 1989. Integrated circuit showing memory blocks, logic and input/output pads around the periphery A monolithic integrated circuit (also known as IC, microchip, silicon chip, computer chip or chip) is a miniaturized electronic circuit (consisting mainly of semiconductor devices, as well as passive components) that has been manufactured in the surface... The metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET, MOS-FET, or MOS FET), is by far the most common field-effect transistor in both digital and analog circuits. ... Read-only memory (ROM) is used as a storage medium in computers. ... Microchip Technology (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a manufacturer of semiconductors, founded in ??. Its products include microcontrollers (PICmicro, dsPIC, PIC24), EEPROM and Flash memory devices, KEELOQ devices, radio frequency (RF) devices, battery management devices, interface devices, analog devices and many others. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

In 1980, their product catalog included:

  • 16-bit Microprocessor: 1600 and 1610, a 16-bit CPU, used in the GIMINI TV-game set and in Mattel's Intellivision
  • 8-bit Microcontroller: The PIC1650, an NMOS chip. The CMOS version of this chip is the basis of today's PIC microcontrollers
  • ROM
  • Telecommunications chips

Other products were the SP0256, a single-chip speech generator, and the famous AY-3-8910/11/12 series of sound chips. Mattel Inc. ... The Intellivision is a video game console released by Mattel in 1980; development of the console began in 1978 (less than a year after the introduction of its main competitor, the legendary Atari 2600). ... nMOS logic uses n-type metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs) to implement logic gates and other digital circuits. ... Static CMOS Inverter Complementary-symmetry/metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) (see-moss, IPA:), is a major class of integrated circuits. ... PIC or Pic can refer to the following: PIC microcontroller by Microchip, Inc. ... The AY-3-8912 was a 3-voice sound chip designed by General Instrument. ... A sound chip is an integrated circuit (i. ...



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