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Tuesday, 26 December 2017


In the 'sixties my Dad worked for Ampex Corp. In '64 he went to Japan with a team of engineers to work with Toshiba to come up with a color TV tube that used only one gun. Up until then color TV tubes used 3 guns. So why do it other than for the challenge? American Airlines wanted to put a small TV tube in each seat of their planes. Can't do that with 3-gun tubes because the three guns would never stay aligned properly.

Sony beat them but not by much. Sony produced the Trinitron TVs and American Airlines never put the TV tubes in their planes. Too expensive.

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