The Essential Guide to Semiconductors

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The Essential Guide to Semiconductors is a complete guide to thebusiness and technology of semiconductor design and manufacturing.Conceptual enough for laypeople and nontechnical investors, yet detailedenough for technical professionals, Jim Turley explains exactly howsilicon chips are designed and built, illuminates key markets andopportunities, and shows how the entire industry "fits together."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130464040
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Series: Essential Guide Series
  • Pages: 239
  • Sales rank: 1,250,214
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

JIM TURLEY is a semiconductor industry analyst, editor, and lecturer in Silicon Valley. He is aregular columnist for Embedded Systems Programming, Computer Design, Circuit Cellar, andSupermicro magazines. He was Senior Editor of the Microprocessor Report and a three-time winnerof the Computer Press Award. Jim also provides consulting services to leading semiconductorfirms and is often called upon to participate in new product reviews, strategy sessions, andtechnology development. He has also written six books on a number of different topics,including PCs Made Easy.

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Table of Contents

1. Running Start.

About This Book. Some Words to Know.

2. Semiconductor Family Tree.

Semiconductor Family Tree. Simple Analog Components. Advanced Analog Components. A/D and D/A Converters. MEMS. Medium-Scale Digital Chips. Highly Integrated Digital Chips.

3. How Chips Are Designed.

Old-Style Design Process. New-Style Design Process. Verifying the Design Works. Using Outside IP. Getting to Tape Out and Film. Current Problems and Future Trends.

4. How Chips Are Made.

Clean Rooms and Fabs. Developing Technology: Chips and Photography. Silicon Ingots to Start. Polishing the Wafer Smooth. Building the Layer Cake. Laser Surgery: Etching Away the Transistors. Step and Repeat. Etching Bath. Ready for the Metal Round. Testing Phase. Bringing Out the Diamonds. Sorting the Fast from the Merely Good. Wrap It Up. How Many Nanometers in a Micron? Let's Get Small.

5. Business and Markets.

Worldwide Production of Semiconductors. Worldwide Consumption of Semiconductors. Military Electronics. The Business of Making Semiconductors.

6. Essential Guide to Microprocessors.

Overview of Microprocessors. Microprocessor History and Evolution. What's a Processor Architecture? Microprocessor Anatomy and Gazetteer. What Do 4-Bit, 8-Bit, 16-Bit, and 32-Bit Mean? Performance, Benchmarks, and Gigahertz. What Is Software? Choosing Microprocessors. Microprocessor Future Trends.

7. Essential Guide to Memory Chips.

Overview of Memory Chips. Nonvolatile ROM. Volatile RAM. Memory Interfaces. Future Memories.

8. Essential Guide to Custom and Configurable Chips.

Overview of Custom Chips. Field-Programmable Chips. Custom ASIC Chips. Dynamically Reconfigurable Chips. Intellectual Property Licensing. Future Outlook for Custom Chips.

9. Theory.

Digital and Binary Concepts. Gates and Logic Functions. How Transistors Work. About Electrons and Electronics.

Appendix: Standard Bodies and Reference.

Standards Bodies and Organizations. Conferences and Trade Shows. Other Resources.


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