A History of the World Semiconductor Industry
by P.R. Morris
The Institution of Engineering and Technology, 1990
eISBN: 978-1-84919-404-4 | Cloth: 978-0-86341-227-1
Library of Congress Classification HD9696.S42M67 1990
Dewey Decimal Classification 338.4762138152

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.
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