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The growth of analog

As we saw in the previous chapter, the birth of analog was dominated by just eight companies in the USA, UK and Japan, whose history in the field all spanned 20 years or less. But there were many other participants in the growth of analog, some offering innovative design features in very short production runs, others bringing well-established technology to a wider market or a new level of affordability, and these companies spanned the whole world – from the UK, USA and Japan to Germany, France, the Netherlands and Italy, Russia and even China.

ITALY

In fact, one very short production run design that predated the Moog synthesizers, and even the widespread use of the transistor, had started life in Italy. The Synket was designed ...

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