is a 12-pin vacuum tube
invented in the early 1960s
by General Electric
in Owensboro, Kentucky
with the express purpose of keeping tubes in the market for a few more years during the solid state
revolution. Television sets were a primary application. Most Compactrons are either multiple tubes (e.g. three triodes in one bulb), or high-voltage
and high-power types such as television sweep tubes.
A distinguishing feature of Compactrons is the placement of the seal-off tip on the bottom end, rather than the top end as was customary with "miniature" tubes.
- 6AG11 high-mu twin triode
- 6M11 twin triode - pentode
- 11AR11 twin pentode
- 8B10 twin triode - twin diode
- 38HK7 pentode diode
- 6GB5 beam power pentode with anode cap