from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various solid crystalline substances, such as germanium or silicon, having electrical conductivity greater than insulators but less than good conductors, and used especially as a base material for computer chips and other electronic devices.
- n. An integrated circuit or other electronic component containing a semiconductor as a base material.
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- n. A substance with electrical properties intermediate between a good conductor and a good insulator.
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- n. a conductor made with semiconducting material
- n. a substance as germanium or silicon whose electrical conductivity is intermediate between that of a metal and an insulator; its conductivity increases with temperature and in the presence of impurities
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For six years he taught a graduate course in semiconductor device physics at the University of California, Berkeley.
PCMOS, which stands for probabilistic complementary metal oxide semiconductor, is a breakthrough that could boost performance of graphics on mobile phones, encryption and chips used inside medical implants without sucking as much power.
But he also notes that the progress made in semiconductor manufacturing means that multiple functions can be combined on a piece of monolithic silicon that can cost less and create a smaller device — which means the dumber PC model could win out, even on smartphones.
Reuters TSMC's chairman expects 5% growth in semiconductor industry revenue world-wide next year.
“Take the semiconductor and related devices industry: data indicate that while there has been an increase in semiconductor imports from China, from $729 million in 2002 to $2.1 billion in 2006, our semiconductor exports to China have boomed, going from $1.5 billion in 2002 to $5.8 billion in 2006.”
Well, at least Taiwan has strength in semiconductor knowledge which China can use and gain
Silicon Valley leads in semiconductor manufacturing, while Seattle is the software publishing capital.
In almost all branches of electronics, computing, and telecommunications, awards made to the leading company jumped mightily from 2005 to 2006-by as much as 48 percent in semiconductor manufacturing, 60 percent in telecommunications equipment, and 65 percent in electronics.
In October he called the semiconductor-equipment sector "totally unpredictable."
I have spent 20 years in semiconductor manufacturing.