The transistor's discovery and what's ahead

Mark R. Pinto, William F. Brinkman, William W. Troutman

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In December of 1947 the invention of the transistor initiated the electronics revolution of the 20th century. On its fiftieth anniversary, this paper reviews the history of the transistor s discovery and the subsequent breakthroughs which led to integrated circuit and the remarkable information processing and storage capabilities of today. Prospects for continued progress are reviewed, including key technical challenges. It is anticipated that R&D innovations will drive miniaturization into at least the second decade of the next century.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEuropean Solid-State Device Research Conference
EditorsH. Grunbacher
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)2863322214
StatePublished - 1997
Event27th European Solid-State Device Research Conference, ESSDERC 1997 - Stuttgart, Germany
Duration: Sep 22 1997Sep 24 1997

Publication series

NameEuropean Solid-State Device Research Conference
ISSN (Print)1930-8876


Conference27th European Solid-State Device Research Conference, ESSDERC 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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