Transistor: 50 Glorious years and where we are going

William F. Brinkman

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The Bell Labs semiconductor group pioneered the research which led to discovery of the transistor effect on Dec. 16, 1947. This discovery eventually gave birth to the transistor which replaced unreliable vacuum tube amplifiers used in communications systems during the post-war era. Since then, a number of new transistor technologies have been developed. These include the VLSI circuit, the CMOS device, and the MOSFET device.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-26
Number of pages5
JournalDigest of Technical Papers - IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference
StatePublished - Feb 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Feb 6 1997Feb 8 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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