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Essential Guide to Semiconductors, The by Jim Turley

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Chapter 2. Semiconductor Family Tree

In this chapter...

  • Semiconductor Family Tree

  • Simple Analog Components

  • Advanced Analog Components

  • A/D and D/A Converters

  • MEMS

  • Medium-Scale Digital Chips

  • Highly Integrated Digital Chips

The term semiconductor covers a lot of territory, from big famous chips like Pentium microprocessors down to little tiny components that are almost too small to see. No single company makes or sells all these different kinds of semiconductors, and no engineer, programmer, or purchasing manager can keep them all straight. Everyone specializes in just one small aspect of semiconductors.

Just as with the medical profession, no one in the semiconductor industry can stay current with—or even fully understand—the whole industry at once. ...

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