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The Transistor Revolution - Shaping the Next Era of Mobility

 G. Dan Hutcheson
Description: 2015 is a landmark year for the transistor and the integrated circuit. It's been 90 years since Lilienfeld first patented the transistor. It would take another 22 years before the materials purity and the knowledge developed to make possible the discovery of the first working transistor at Bell Labs in December, 1947. It was the transistor that spawned the transition from the age of transportation to the Information Age. They were just trying to find a more reliable switch. Then came the invention of the IC in 1958 which made it possible to put entire circuits on a single chip and finally Moore’s Law that codified the industry’s business model fifty years ago in 1965. Each of these revolutionary events were made possible by systematic innovation in materials, deposition, etch, and patterning. And we’re still going strong today with radically new transistors and the advent of precision materials. Today, across the industry, a revolutionary generation of transistors is coming into production that will dramatically improve consumer computing power and mobile connectivity. But keeping pace with relentless demands for faster performance, longer battery life, and greater functionality will require further transformations in the transistor. Ground-breaking visionary engineering will be needed to address the challenges along the way. How much longer will the industry be able to sustain Moore’s Law? What will the fundamental changes be? When will the major inflections be inserted? What will the consumer impact be?
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Domain: Electronics
Category: Semiconductors
Contributing Organization: VLSIresearch
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