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29/12/1939 Transistor idea


The Genesis of the Transistor, with Bonus Introduction - AT&T Archives


391 San Antonio—A Semiconductor Documentary


Transistor Full Documentary


William Shockley Interview, 1969


Transistors, How do they work ?

William Shockley wrote in his laboratory notebook: “It has today occurred to me that an amplifier using semiconductors rather than vacuum is in principle possible.” He expanded the idea and developed transistor, the basic part of integrated circuits, microprocessors, memories and modern computers.
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    • Essentials 

    • Other American inventions 

    • History 

    • Bipolar transistors 

    • MOSFET (MOS transistor) 

    • Importance 

    • Simplified operation 

    • Transistor as a switch 

    • Transistor as an amplifier 

    • Comparison with vacuum tubes 

    • Advantages 

    • Limitations 

    • Types 

    • Field-effect transistor (FET) 

    • Metal-oxide-semiconductor FET (MOSFET) 

    • Bipolar junction transistor (BJT) 

    • Usage of MOSFETs and BJTs 

    • Other transistor types 

    • Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) 

    • European Electronic Component Manufacturers Association (EECA) 

    • Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC) 

    • Proprietary 

    • Naming problems 

    • Semiconductor material 

    • Packaging 

    • Flexible transistors