A history of the world semiconductor industry by Morris, Peter Robin

By Morris, Peter Robin

Improvement of the thermionic valve. historic survey of early examine in semiconductors. improvement of the transistor. significant technical tactics utilized in semiconductor machine fabrication. assessment of significant elements affecting the expansion of the U.S. semiconductor undefined. assessment of the criteria affecting the expansion of the japanese and South Korean semiconductor industries. overview of the ecu semiconductor

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A history of the world semiconductor industry

Improvement of the thermionic valve. ancient survey of early learn in semiconductors. improvement of the transistor. significant technical methods utilized in semiconductor equipment fabrication. evaluate of significant elements affecting the expansion of the us semiconductor undefined. overview of the standards affecting the expansion of the japanese and South Korean semiconductor industries.

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Military interest and involvement took place from the very beginning. '5 The invention of the point-contact transistor was the indirect result of a failure to produce a successful field effect device. Previous attempts to construct a solid state amplifier had been mainly concentrated on the latter type and Shockley 28 Development of the transistor had himself followed this path during the period immediately before the Second World War. His more recent attempts again proved unsuccessful. However, he writes, in discussing the sequence of events which led to the invention of the point-contact transistor, that: 'Our failure to make a transistor was creative.

It was at the end of this period, therefore, that the basic technology was developed upon which subsequent improvements in semiconductor manufacture have been made. What follows is an account of the major advances in device technology, starting with the grown junction transistor and leading to the development of the silicon integrated circuit. Next, a brief survey outlines further developments which have arisen as a consequence of the impact of the integrated circuit. The three final sections of this chapter consider the evolution of the smallsignal semiconductor diode, the power rectifier and the thyristor.

This was because the planar process could not be adapted to the fabrication of germanium devices. The second phase began with the development of planar technology which established the basis for the development and manufacture of the integrated circuit, and already by the latter period of the decade was being used for the construction of both bipolar and field-effect transistors. It was at the end of this period, therefore, that the basic technology was developed upon which subsequent improvements in semiconductor manufacture have been made.

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