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Silicon earth : introduction to microelectronics and nanotechnology

Author: John D Cressler
Publisher: Boca Raton : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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This book introduces the general scientific and engineering underpinnings of microelectronics and nanotechnology, and explores how this new technological revolution is transforming the very essence of civilization. To round things out for the technologically curious, special 'widget deconstruction' chapters address the inner workings of ubiquitous micro/nano-enabled pieces of technology such as cell phones, flash  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John D Cressler
ISBN: 9781498708258 1498708250
OCLC Number: 909324835
Description: xxii, 595 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. The communications revolution --
The big picture --
The evolution of human communications --
Doomsday scenarios --
Global information flow --
Evolutionary trends : Moore's Law --
Silicon : the master enabler --
Micro/nanoelectronics at the state of the art : nanoscale CMOS --
2. A matter of scale --
The tyranny of numbers --
"Seeing: versus "imaging" the universe --
The micro/nanoelectronics distance scale --
The time and frequency scales of micro/nanoelectronics --
The temperature and energy scales of micro/nanoelectronics --
Seeing is believing? --
3. Innumerable biographies : a brief history of the field --
What history can teach us --
The uniqueness of microelectronics --
Some giants of electrical engineering --
The invention/discovery of the transistor --
The integrated circuit --
4. Widget deconstruction #1 : smartphone --
5. Semiconductors : lite! --
Types of semiconductors --
Crystal structure --
Energy bands --
Electrons and holes in semiconductors --
Doping --
Drift and diffusion transport --
Generation and recombination --
The semiconductor equations of state --
6. Widget deconstruction #2 : USB flash drive --
Hard disk drives --
RAM --
ROM --
Flash memory --
7. Bricks and mortar : micro/nanoelectronics fabrication --
The IC fabrication facility (aka "the cleanroom") --
Crystal growth and epitaxy --
Doping : diffusion, implantation, and annealing --
Oxidation and film deposition --
Etching and polishing --
Photolithography --
Metalization and interconnects --
building a transistor --
ICD packaging : wirebonds, cans, DIPs, and flip-chips --
#D ICs, TSVs, and SoPs --
Reliability --
8. Transistors : lite! --
The semiconductor device menagerie--
The pn junction --
The BJT --
The MOSFET --
X-men transistors --
HBTs --
HFETs. 9. From transistors to circuits to systems --
Building circuits and systems from transistors --
IC tape-out : machines designing machines --
Software --
10. Microtools and toys : MEMS, NEMS, and BioMEMS --
MEMS classifications --
MEMS toys --
Micromachining silicon --
MEMS accelerometers --
MEMS micromirror displays --
BioMEMS and lab-on-a-chip --
11. Widget deconstruction #3 : GPS --
Brief history of GPS --
12. Let there be light : the bright world of photonics --
Spectral windows --
Getting light in and out of semiconductors --
Optical absorption --
Optical emission --
Direct versus indirect bandgap materials --
Photodetectors and solar cells --
CCD imagers, CMOS imagers, and the digital camera --
LEDs, laser diodes, and fiber optics --
Laser perks, drawbacks, and future directions --
CDs, DVDs, and blu-ray --
13. The future of electronics --
Darwinian evolution in micro/nanoelectronics, and the end of the silicon road --
Carbon engineering : buckyballs, nanotubes, and graphene --
Forsaking group IV : zinc oxide and black phosphorus --
Bend and flex : the world of organics --
Ferroelectric memory, memristors, phase change memory, and spintronics --
Quantum computing --14. The nanoworld : fact and fiction --
Nanotech --
Nanotech definitions --
Emerging nanoapps and humans 2.0 --
15. Societal impacts --
The internet --
e-Addictions --
Computer gaming --
Genomics --
e-Education --
Social media --
e-Politics --
Environmental impact --
e-Books and libraries --
Appendix . Properties of silicon --
Appendix B. Some basic concepts from physics and electrical engineering --
Appendix C.A grab-bag glossary of useful techno-geek terms and acronyms.
Responsibility: John D. Cressler (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA).

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This book introduces the general scientific and engineering underpinnings of microelectronics and nanotechnology, and explores how this new technological revolution is transforming the very essence of civilization. To round things out for the technologically curious, special 'widget deconstruction' chapters address the inner workings of ubiquitous micro/nano-enabled pieces of technology such as cell phones, flash drives, GPS, DVDs, and digital cameras.

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