General Microelectronics


General Microelectronics (GMe) was an American semiconductor company in the 1960s. It was acquired in 1966 by Philco-Ford.[1]

With Frank Wanlass as director of research and engineering, GMe was the first company to design, fabricate, and sell MOS integrated circuits.[2]

The first MOS chips were small-scale integrated chips for NASA satellites.[2]

In 1964, Wanlass demonstrated a single-chip 16-bit shift register he designed, with an incredible (for the time) 120 transistors on a single chip.[3][2]


  1. ^ Christophe Lécuyer (2006). Making Silicon Valley: innovation and the growth of high tech, 1930-1970. MIT Press. p. 263. ISBN 978-0-262-12281-8.
  2. ^ a b c Bob Johnstone (1999). We were burning: Japanese entrepreneurs and the forging of the electronic age. Basic Books. pp. 47–48. ISBN 978-0-465-09118-8.
  3. ^ Lee Boysel (2007-10-12). "Making Your First Million (and other tips for aspiring entrepreneurs)". U. Mich. EECS Presentation / ECE Recordings. Archived from the original on 2012-11-15.