At the Namegabe home, the transistor radio, charged with batteries, was the property of the men.
People had been carrying around music for several years – transistor radios, the Walkman, etc.
"Not at all, not at all," said a small, white haired man who had finally wrested the transistor from Beemish.
The electrical properties of this odd specimen are unusual and interesting and could lead to a new type of transistor.
There was a miniature pocket radio—a transistor radio—on top of the short wave cabinet.
The PDP-3 circuitry is the static type using saturating transistor flip-flops and, for the most part, transistor switch elements.
Keeter seemed to hesitate for a minute, then shrugged his shoulders and dropped the transistor into the general's sweating palm.
I thought she was joking, and we went and listened to somebody's transistor, and then I went back to the lab.
The transistor is still a critical item in electronics and production isn't up to demand, especially for special designs.
"small electronic device," 1948, from transfer + resistor, so called because it transfers an electrical current across a resistor. Said to have been coined by U.S. electrical engineer John Robinson Pierce (1910-2002) of Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, N.J., where the device was invented in 1947. It that took over many functions of the vacuum tube. Transistor radio is first recorded 1958.
An electronic device that controls the flow of an electric current, most often used as an amplifier or switch. Transistors usually consist of three layers of semiconductor material, in which the flow of electric current across the outer layer is regulated by the voltage or current applied at the middle layer. Having replaced the vacuum tube, transistors are the basis of much modern electronic technology, including the microprocessor. See also logic circuit, logic gate.
Note: The transistor is the basic device used in miniaturized electronic systems, such as portable radios, or as a fast switch in computers.