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Old 23rd Sep 2023, 2:41 pm   #81
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Solectron PCB assembly multinational.

Elektron a magnesium based alloy

Elektron Greek word for amber (resin) and the origin of the words electricity, electronics etc. The root of it all.

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Arcotron, a short-lived sort of valve that did not have a control grid but instead a metal coating sprayed on the outside of the glass bulb that acted as an electrostatical control electrode.
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Voltron, a valve brand from Austria, used in the thirties.
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Has anyone had Emitron TV camera tube yet?

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Yes. See post #20.
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Old 23rd Sep 2023, 10:41 pm   #86
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Just to prove the -tron ending gets everywhere, there was a song. "The Omega incabloc oyster accutron 72" Words by Clive James, music and singing by Pete Atkin, parodying some watch trademarks. I think the Bulova accutron was an early transistorised tuning fork device.

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Has anyone had Emitron TV camera tube yet?

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Yup! the "C.P.S. (Cathode Potential Stabilised) Emitron", even!
I've never seen one in real life, but it seems that was the ultimate version of the Emitron, prior to the advent of the wondrous Image Orthicon.
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So far, nobody seems to have mentioned Tektronix, with '-tron-' right in the middle!
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That's a timely addition Kalee and you have given me the incentive to mention "Biotron" here, a device that works with microwave frequencies to read info from the DNA or the field of the living organism directing it to another! See post 17* in the Modulated Light thread [just above this one]

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[Oh you are there at post 15*, so you may have seen it already!]

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Mmm. Is that not Semikron (or maybe Semicron)?
Semitron are in Swindon and are perhaps known for those little GDTs you find in telephone circuits. A quick google shows they're now a subsidiary of us-company Littelfuse.


Another is the Theratron Junior, a 1950's cobalt-60 radiotherapy machine.
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The Computer Games film Tron, 1982, was mentioned here [p2*-4*]. The Guardian [G2] has a feature [How We Made]. Today it's about the films development. Jeff Bridges [son of Lloyd] was inspired by his dad playing the part of a diver in "Sea Hunt" [shown in the sixties on UK tv] so accurately, people thought he was a real diver!. Jeff was always looking for unusual scripts as a result. Shot on 70mm against black duvetyne light blocking fabric, it was a combination of very old and new. "The footage then went to Korea where women hand-painted every frame. It was very primitive and very advanced all at the same time."

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There is a copy of an article from the Atlantic magazine on-line. The Suffix That Tells the Story of Modern science. Why did words that end in "tron" once sound so futuristic? By David Munns

'In contemporary usage the term actually springs from ancient Greek with the invention of the first vacuum tube or "kenotron" around 1904: it's creator came up with the name by combining the Greek words for "empty"[ken] and "tool" [tron]'

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