Revolution in Miniature: The History and Impact of Semiconductor Electronics

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 21, 1982 - Technology & Engineering - 247 pages
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Semiconductor electronics is the major technology of our age. Its achievement and potential are vast, its application and influence ubiquitous, its social and economic consequences uncertain. Semiconductor electronics has become the vehicle for nearly all technological change and, consequently, the subject of much discussion. This revised and up dated edition is offered as a basic contribution to that vital discussion by authors who have long studied the process of technological change and who are familiar with the peculiarities of the semiconductor industry. Although it dealt with a highly technical subject, the first edition proved readily intelligible to a wide audience. The second edition is designed for that same group - those who seek an understanding of the processes at the heart of technological change.
  

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Contents

Preface to the second edition
vii
Preface to the first edition
viii
An innovation based on science
1
Genesis
9
Science after the Second World War
26
The Bell Laboratories
33
The transistor
45
A new industry
54
The integrated circuit
88
Very large scale integration
105
The American semiconductor industry
121
The international semiconductor industry
150
Reflections on an electronic age
181
References
219
Index
245
Copyright

The pace of progress
73

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About the author (1982)

Ernest Braun was formerly the Head of the Technology Policy Unit and Professor of Physics at Aston University. He spent years in Vienna as Head of the Technology Assessment Unit of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and is now an Emeritus Professor at Aston, and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Technology Strategy at the Open University.

Stuart MacDonald OBE was born and brought up in Scotland where he trained in fine art. He was the founder Director of the Lighthouse, Scotland s National Centre for Architecture and Design and is Emeritus Professor, Gray s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

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