Just a few of the discoveries from the old Bell Labs and then Lucent now Alcatel:
Not to mention the transistor and the dial tone.
1939: Bell Labs introduces the first binary digital computer.
1958: Bell Labs registers a patent on the laser.
1979: Bell Labs creates the first single-chip digital signal processor (DSP), which laid the foundation for today's cellular phones and modems.
1988: TAT-8, the first transatlantic fiber-optic cable system uses technology from Bell Labs to link North America and Europe. The system is 3,148 miles long and can handle 40,000 telephone calls simultaneously.
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