Sony TV8 - The First All-Transistor TV
By James Grahame
Sony Corporation introduced the first 5-inch all-transistor television in 1960, foreshadowing Japan’s future dominance of the television industry. The TV8-301 was Black & White and had just about the coolest Jetsons styling I've ever seen. By the time Sony's R&D team had finished their design, they had created 9 brand new transistor devices, including a high-frequency tuning transistor that was completed only a month before the set was released. It goes without saying that the TV was extremely expensive and it's bleeding-edge components were prone to frequent failure.
TV8-301 History (Sony)