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Photos: Book celebrates Texas Instruments

TI built this Digital Data Signal Conditioner--which helps gather data on radiation trapped in Earth's magnetic field--for James Van Allen at the University of Iowa, who headed up launches for NASA. The device became the first integrated circuit in space when it launched with a rocket in 1961.

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