In this chapter...
Semiconductor Family Tree
Simple Analog Components
Advanced Analog Components
A/D and D/A Converters
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. ...