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Amperex Electronic Corporation was a manufacturer of vacuum tubes and semiconductors. Originally located in Brooklyn, New York, Amperex was a long-established manufacturer of transmitting tubes when they were acquired by the Dutch firm, Philips in 1955. Philips used the Amperex name to distribute their new line of Dutch-made miniature tubes to feed the booming U.S. hi-fi market. Amperex also produced frame grid tubes. Amperex also made the original "Bugle Boy" series with its ability to filter out noise due to the wire-mesh grid design.
North American Philips Corporation built a 40,000 sq. ft plant ain North Smithfield, Rhode Island (Slatersville) to supply IBM with gold doped germanium logic diodes. The plant was operated by one of Philips' fully-owned subsidiaries, Amperex Electronics, to supply millions of diodes.
In 1960 Philips invented an imaging tube called the Plumbicon™ to replace the vidicon and Image Orthicon tubes used in studio television cameras. Although the original use of Plumbicon camera tubes was in broadcast television, current demand is primarily in for use in medical imaging equipment.
In 1973, several years after its acquisition by Amperex, the manufacturing operations of Advanced Micro Electronics were transferred to Slatersville. The products transferred from Advanced Micro Electronics included small signal silicon planar transistors for military and industrial applications, Leadless Inverted Devices (LIDs) and hybrid circuits using both thin and thick film technology. Manufacturing of these three products and the sales office for Philips Semiconductors were housed in Slatersville until 1992 when this business unit was sold.
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