A History of the World Semiconductor Industry

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IET, 1990 - Business & Economics - 171 pages
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The book describes the development of semiconductor manufacture on a worldwide basis, from its early beginnings to date. Its approach is wide-ranging, encompassing early experimental work rooted in nineteenth century science, and it includes a brief historical review of the thermionic valve, which played an important part in the genesis of the semiconductor industry. The contents include a description of the establishment and subsequent development of semiconductor manufacture within the various nation states. Although not a technical treatise, major device types and manufacturing processes used in semiconductor fabrication are outlined. Factors affecting the performance of the industry within the major national participants are discussed, and the relationship of the industry to science and technology is also considered.

The book should be of interest to scientists and engineers, technical historians, and indeed anyone with an interest in the development of a modern, all-pervading technology.

 

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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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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.