Clifford G. Arnell Project creator IC-Design Engineer, Particle Engineer, Inventor, Musician, Floodmud! Theorist, ‘Orba-Campaigner’, Home builder, Wind Charger Experimentalist, and Ex Lumber Jack.
I began my ‘technical life’ in 1957 when i saw my first electronics manuals. I devoured them. I loved my science classes. I read ALL of the Science Fiction books in the library. Encyclopedias became my best friend. After High School, I attended Colorado State University over the next two years. My education was completed with a two-year electronics program paid for by the U.S. Government and several years of night school.
After graduation, I was offered a job in research at Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas. I built electronic breadboards for the engineers. I designed Fortran programs to predict and plot Electron flow in transistors. These programs became the tools of the trade and were used by the engineers to design some of the first ‘chips’ at TI. I knew how to use the programs I had written and created even better ones to use in my first Engineering job.
I left TI in 1968, going back to Colorado and Hewlett Packard and was later hired to do Engineering Design at a California company in 1969 where I designed and we built the first 256 Bit memory in the world almost a year before Intel. These memory chips flew in the DC-10 flight control computer. For years I designed ‘chips’ used in the digital world, to help cellphones communicate, computers control, and memories remember.
After ten years in the Electronics business, We moved back to Colorado and I went out on my own, participating and consulting in the burgeoning Semiconductor business for another twenty years, a business where transistor counts grew into the millions like cells in living things.
I never knew the composition of the Electron or how it was made but I couldn’t forget the day, when something amazing happened. In 1974, I was standing in a hallway with a fellow engineer talking about Electrons and Anti-gravity when suddenly, I saw In my mind’s eye, two single Photons of light diving together and buzzing around each other in the form of a tiny ball. I knew at once I was looking at an Electron…in a whole new way. The idea that would become Mass’querade was born.