Linear Corporation was founded in 1961 by Ted Farrell, who served as President and
Chief Executive Officer. William A. Schanbacher joined the Los Angeles-based
Company as a co-principal shortly after incorporation. He served
as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Originally, Linear was a retail operation that sold and installed automatic
garage door operators for residential installations.
However, both principals had made the decision early to create an electronics
manufacturing company and soon acquired the rights to manufacture
wireless radio controls marketed under the trade name "Tamar."
Soon after beginning production of the Tamar products, Messrs. Farrell and Schanbacher
established a limited wholesale market for their products in San
Diego, California. From 1962 through 1965, distribution expanded
throughout the United States.
Concurrently, the Company designed and built an advanced set of controls that were
smaller, more reliable, and more attractively packaged than the competitive
controls. From 1965 through 1975, Linear marketed a proprietary line
of wireless controls based on a Frequency Shift Keyed (FSK) coding
and transmission technique developed in-house. The success of this
equipment in the door controls marketplace accounted for the Company's
rapid growth during that period. FSK also enabled the Company to produce
its first home security systems comprised of proprietary components.
A new line of digitally coded transmitters and receivers was introduced in 1975.
With a large number of discrete codes available, this equipment
enabled Linear to move to a commanding position in the industry
as a supplier of high-tech home security systems.