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Impact of Transistors on Military Electronics Design

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2 Author(s)
A. Jacobsen ; Western Military Electronics Center, Motorola Inc. ; J. Nicholas

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IRE Transactions on Production Techniques  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 1 )