Silicon, From Sand to Chips 1

Microelectronic Components

Silicon, From Sand to Chips 1

Alain Vignes, École des Mines de Nancy, France.

ISBN : 9781786309211

Publication Date : June 2024

Hardcover 250 pp

165.00 USD



Silicon is the material of the digital revolution, of solar energy and of digital photography, which has revolutionized both astronomy and medical imaging. It is also the material of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), indispensable components of smart objects.

The discovery of the electronic and optoelectronic properties of germanium and silicon during the Second World War, followed by the invention of the transistor, ushered in the digital age. Although the first transistors were made from germanium, silicon eventually became the preferred material for these technologies.

Silicon, From Sand to Chips 1 traces the history of the discoveries, inventions and developments in basic components and chips that these two materials enabled one after the other. The book is divided into two volumes and this first volume is devoted to basic microelectronic components.


1. Silicon and Germanium: From Ore to Element.
2. The Point-Contact Diode.
3. The Point-Contact Transistor.
4. The PN Diode.
5. The Bipolar Transistor.
6. The MOSFET Transistor.

About the authors/editors

Alain Vignes was Professor at the École des Mines de Nancy, France, Professor and Director of the Centre des Matériaux at the École des Mines de Paris, France, then Professor at the Institut Supérieur des Matériaux et de la Construction Mécanique, France. He has also acted as a scientific advisor to several industrial companies and as an expert witness for the Paris Court of Appeal.

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