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Essential Guide to Semiconductors, The by Jim Turley

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Chapter 1. Running Start

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  • About This Book

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Few things have altered modern life as much as the discovery of semiconductors, and certainly none in living memory. Modern electronics have completely changed the way we talk with each other and who we talk with. It has changed medical research, entertainment, record keeping, travel, and exploration. There's almost no business, profession, or industry that hasn't changed since the introduction of solid-state electronics in the last 50 years.

Computers are only the beginning of it. PCs and other types of computers are often made the figurehead for the entire electronics industry, but less than half of the world's electronics are used in computers of any kind. Most ...

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