1987.0487.180 Texas Instruments Collection Object

Transistor Automated Tape Assembly Display
TI number: G00340

SATAN was a TI project of 1970-72 that produced an automated assembly on tape of germanium transistors designed for thick film hybrid circuit applications.

SATAN was an acronym for Semiconductor Automated Tape Assembly with the "N" added to become SATAN. The construction is described in bulletins and data sheets in the Artifact Historical Files. The assembly was not fully automatic. Positioning for chip mounting, wire bonding and epoxy application was operator controlled with the use of TV monitors. The operation was activated by an operator controlled switch. The equipment was designed and built in the TI Deutschland plant. SATAN devices were especially designed to provide the thick film hybrid user with the ability to fabricate systems using a single mounting technique for all components. Also, these devices could be mounted in a TO-18 package if desired, as shown in the display. Production rates reached approximately 50k units per month for over a year. The principal customer was RCA Indianapolis for the XL100 color television audio circuit. Small quantities were used by others, such as Zenith. The limited hybrid thick film applications resulted in cancellation of the project.
Texas Instruments (John Burge, Lee Kitchens.)

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