History Book

From Vacuum Tubes to Nanotubes: An Amazing Half Century
The Emergence of Electronic Circuit Technology 1957-2007

In honor of IPC's 50th anniversary, IPC commissioned a book to remember the pioneers of the electronics interconnection industry and the progress of IPC. In seven chapters, readers will experience the birth of the printed circuit board, the rise of assembly and surface mount technology, the advancement of printed circuit boards and design, and thoughts on the future. Complete with contributions from various industry participants, the book also includes a 50 year historical highlight timeline.

Nowhere else has the history of boards, assembly and design been cataloged. We are grateful to the pioneers who have made this industry what it is and hope this book is an adequate tribute to them.

Download a PDF of the industry's history book

This book is available in hard copy (paperback) through the IPC bookstore for $15.00 for IPC members and $30.00 for nonmembers.  You can purchase the book through this link.