L298 age?

How long has the L298 been around? My data sheet is ©’d 2000.

Datasheet Oct 1998...

Mentioned in 1997...

Mentioned in 1996...
http://www.seattlerobotics.org/encoder/jun97/classics.html

Datasheet May 1995...

I'm going with 1995.

Thanks- any advances on 1995?

Not having revision history on docs is very bad practice.

Its ancient, probably 80's or earlier. The modern datasheets have scanned-in diagrams that aren't
quite straight, a dead give away.

This sheet for the L293D for instance is 1986: http://www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/l293.pdf

I have no documentary evidence but I think I can remember using them in the mid 70's.

Thanks for those responses, everyone.