The story I heard about Sony's entry into the US market went like this. At the time, IBM was building mainframe computers out of discrete transistors, having just phased out vacuum tubes. IBM was having transistors made by Fairchild in Mountain View, CA. One large batch of transistors failed to meet IBM specs. They were good transistors, but not up to IBM standards. An enterprising genius in the Fairchild marketing dept. took a bag of 1000 of these transistors, and a schematic of a reference design for a transistor radio he had Engineering draw up, and went to Japan. He plopped the bag of transistors and the schematic on the desk of the CEO of the Japanese company and said, "Would you like to make transistor radios out of these?" The result was Sony. Perhaps of you scrape the grey paint off one of those devices it might carry a Fairchild part no.
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