THE SMALLER THE BETTER: NEW DIMENSIONS IN CONVERSATION (Feb, 1965)
THE SMALLER THE BETTER: NEW DIMENSIONS IN CONVERSATION
In the eye of a needle above is a transistor switch that can turn on or off in ten billionths of a second. It is an example of the micro-miniature devices that Western Electric makes today for the new Electronic Switching Systems now being put into service in the Bell telephone network. Life-size, the unit shown is scarcely larger than the period that ends this sentence. Producing electronic components that are nearly invisible to the naked eye calls for the ultimate in manufacturing care and precision at Western Electric, the Bell System’s manufacturing and supply unit.
Moreover, the ingenuity of our teammates at Bell Telephone Laboratories continues to yield communications products so unique that completely new techniques are needed to translate them into volume production. Working closely with people at Bell Labs, Western Electrics engineers must develop the new machines and processes to do the job. Thus telephone teamwork brings new ideas into everyday reality. Result: your Bell telephone company is better able to provide you with continually new and reliable communications services, when and where you need them.