A Watch Computer 2018-Smart Watch 2in1
Software on Chip (SoC) is a pretty wide term as it is the name given to any circuit which integrates electronic components.However, the first major breakthrough in this field was seen in the 1970s when Electro-Data Inc.realeased the “Wrist Computer” (which was basically a digital watch) designed by George Thiess and Willy Crabtree. What the designer did was reduces the 44 chip and 4,000 bonding requirement for creating a timekeeping device to a single chip which integrated an LCD display with the timekeeping circuit this was a pretty concept for the time and the watch priced at $2000 which was a hole in your pocket for the time.
The first true SoC, however, appeared in Microma watch 1974.The watch was designed in such a way designed in a such a way that it integrated LCD driver transistor as well as the timing function to a single INTEL 5810 CMOS chip. TI released a single chip LCD watch in 1976 priced just at 20$. This was a big move and a huge game commercial challenge with the use of SoC lies in the making the tech as affordable as possible. Timex and a dozen other companies entered the market with different renditions of the same idea. Imagine what a smartwatch is a today- the digital watch was back then. It did; not take long for the SoCs to form a niche in yet another important device category, the pocket calculator. The electronic calculator was at first considered a luxury item even though it was hardly able to perform all the complex functions that the calculator today are able to perform. However, as the technology became commonplace, the price drastically dropped because of the low cost of the raw materials required to make digital watches and digital calculator.As soon as the cost of these devices fell below 10$ to the consumers, the big companies withdrew their interest and left the market. The same market was the filled with the Asian suppliers who were able to manufacture these at dirt cheap prices. That very same market domination is what we still see today in the flood of ‘Made in China’ electronics.
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