This Oral History has been developed
in 2008 from material supplied by Ralph Greenburg. Excerpts of the
material have been used for Oral History. Links have been provided for
access to the complete documentation provided by Mr. Greenburg.
years did you work for Motorola and at which locations?
I joined Motorola May 1954 and
retired Dec 1994. I started at the 56th street plant in Phoenix that was
the Military Research facility and the only plant at the time. As the
semiconductor activity grew the 52ndstreet plant was built and
the semiconductor group moved there in 1956. The rapid growth of other
semiconductor departments forced the Applications Department to move
several times over the next 20 years. At the 52nd street campus
I went from A building to Z building with stops along the way at N, D, P
and a 4 year stint in a leased facility in Tempe. At that time I was
manager of the CIA, no not the government one but Consumer-Industrial
Applications. By 1970 Applications was no longer needed as missionaries to
get engineers to abandon vacuum tubes but was mainly used as a consulting
group. The last fun was working with Motorola’s TV group on the Quasar
project, one of the first if not the first mass produced all-semiconductor
Color TV. Applications job was to check out the
devices the various product groups were hoping to supply to the TV group.
We also built our own version of a color set for promotional use.
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