A History of the World Semiconductor Industry

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IET, 1990 - Computers - 171 pages
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Development of the thermionic valve. Historical survey of early research in semiconductors. Development of the transistor. Major technical processes used in semiconductor device fabrication. Review of major factors affecting the growth of the United States semiconductor industry. Review of the factors affecting the growth of the Japanese and South Korean semiconductor industries. Review of the European semiconductor industry.
 

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Contents

Development of the thermionic valve
4
Historical survey of early research in semiconductors
12
Development of the transistor
26
Major technical processes used in semiconductor device
64
Review of major factors affecting the growth of the United States
72
Review of the major factors affecting the growth of the Japanese
95
Review of the European semiconductor industry
111
Conclusions
134
Appendix A Glossary of commonly used terms in semiconductor
147
Appendix B Basic semiconductor junction theory
154
Bibliography
161
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About the author (1990)

Peter Robin Morris is now living in Malvern, having recently retired from Southampton Institute of Higher Education where he held the position of senior lecturer in the Department of Systems and Communications Engineering. Before this, he worked within the electronics industry as a semiconductor engineer, in both British and American firms.After gaining a Diploma in Communications Engineering and Electronics at Southampton Institute, he obtained a BA degree from the Open University in History, and an MPhil from the University of Bath, where he currently holds a visiting research fellowship.Mr Morris is a member of both the IET and the IEEE. He is at present engaged in research into the development of the semiconductor industry within the United Kingdom.