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1. Semiconductor Device Fundamentals
2. The Essential Guide to Semiconductors
3. Physics of Semiconductor Devices
4. Semiconductor Material and Device
5. Semiconductor Physics and Devices
6. Semiconductor Devices: Physics
7. Optical Processes in Semiconductors
8. Fabless Semiconductor Implementation
9. Advanced Semiconductor Fundamentals
10. An Introduction to Semiconductor
11. Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
12. Semiconductor Fundamentals: Volume
13. MOS (Metal Oxide Semiconductor)
14. Fundamentals of Semiconductor
15. Fundamentals of Semiconductor
16. Chips and Change: How Crisis Reshapes
17. Electronic and Optoelectronic
18. Fundamentals of Semiconductors:
19. RF and Microwave Semiconductor
20. Physics of Semiconductors in High

1. Semiconductor Device Fundamentals
by Robert F. Pierret
Hardcover: 792 Pages (1996-04-12)
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Introduces and explains the basic terminology, models, properties, and concepts associated with semiconductors and semiconductor devices. Systematically develops the analytical tools needed to solve practical device problems. DLC: Semiconductors. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A gem about FUNDAMENTALS
This textbook is excellent, it is the basic, number one point of starting the journey into the device world. Clear, concise, written as it shuold be done.

To someone this book will seem to be very simple, not enough details coverd and not many devices like SET or SOI.

To other people this textbook will seem to be extremely difficult, impossible to read, confusing, full of theories that cannot be understood. Somebody even wrote here that you will need a PhD in order to read and learn from this book.

Well, if a PhD is needed for reading this book then we humans probably are less intelligent than a cockroach and the term SEMICONDUCTORS would be used maybe for unknown powerful GODS with unimaginable powers that to us, humans, would never be revealed.(and don't even think to ever understand MOSFETs or BJTs, since they are strange magical structures created by GODS, full of obscure mysteries)

I have no words guys, where the hell we can find things done more simply than this.

When someone see that it dates back to 1996, probably it will say , why the hell i'm going to buy an old book from the "past millenium". Its true, after 13 years or relentless progress, in 2009 semiconductor devices have entered in the nanoelectronics era and maybe a more recent texbook is the right choice. Rest assured that in 13 years many changes occurred, but what remains unchanged are the FUNDAMENTALS. This is a book about FUNDAMENTALS, and they will be with us forever. Progress is visible in applications, or better technologies and better understanding of the fundamentals. Fundamental Principles remain the same.
Quantum Mechanics is more than a century old science, but this does not mean that its too old now to be used in the "modern era" of computers, ipod or such other devices. What are we experiencing today is the vital applications of the quantum theories of a century ago. Nothing will change even in the future about Energy Bands, Solid state devices in 2050 will still be explained using energy bands. The Bloch theory on Energy Bands will remain the same, energy quantization is the same as it was experinced by Planck a century ago and so will remain. Maybe 200 years from now we will use light instead of electrons and photonics will become prevalent over electronics, but the fundamentals, such as diffraction will be with us forever.
So think again if you consider this book too old.

Excellent writing style, efficent text layout, and the most important it stresses on energy bands of devices. There is no way to fully understand solid state structures if you cannot draw energy bands.
Excellent text overall, only that it costs a lot, too expensive, more affordable prices are needed for fundamentals books like this

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Text for Introductory Semiconductor Devices
Robert Pierret has, arguably, written the best introductory textbook for learning about semiconductor devices. His book grinds out and explains many of the details that a first-timer should learn. In a sense, he holds your hand through the material and does a very good job of it.

Things I liked a lot:
1) Coverage of the basic physics and equations that model carrier statistics and transport. Use of the equations of state in several different scenarios.
2) Explanation of carrier flow in a p-n junction.
3) Derivation of BJT current equations.
4) Discussion of modern MOSFET effects.
5) Figures used for explanations.
6) Use of computational methods for calculations.
7) Creative end-of-chapter problems (but no solutions!)

Things that should be added:
1) List of equations and material properties in localized areas (this is a biggie, but you can always find them online and make your own!)
2) Better explanation of BJT operation.
3) Discussion of interesting devices (not that MOSFETs and BJTs aren't!).
4) More about processing and fabrication

This is perfect for an introductory book for undergraduates. For more advanced readings, I would consult Streetman or Sze. Streetman addresses the lacking elements of this text. Streetman also has a guided learning section at the end of each chapter with answers to conceptual problems. Pierret, instead, has mostly worked calculation problems scattered throughout the chapters.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good knowledge in semiconductor from the prospective of Physics
This Books provides a good idea in Semiconductor material for Physics Major students and Engineering students. This explains about solid state physics.

Kiran Shrestha
Univ of Massachusetts Boston

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good book
We use it as our textbook for an undergraduate course at Carnegie Mellon University.
This book is fundamental enough. Once you are patient enough to read it, you will get a lot.
It teaches concepts step by step, very good for beginners!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Semiconductor Book
Reads like a novel.This book teaches semiconductor theory very well.It would be nice if it had some practical realizations of the theory it teaches, but it is overall the best book you will find in introductory semiconductors. ... Read more

2. The Essential Guide to Semiconductors
by Jim Turley
Paperback: 239 Pages (2002-12-29)
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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." ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Essential Guide to Semiconductors
This is a very readable book that provides an excellent overview of the semiconductor industry. It avoids a lot of technical jargon in discussing a very technical industry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Semiconductors Simplified
Jim Turley's book, The Essential Guide to Semiconductors, is a GREAT read for anyone interested in learning about the building block technologies that power so much of our world. The book offers a truly comprehensive overview of semiconductors, encompassing easy to understand, "byte-sized" technology definitions and interesting chapters regarding the evolution of semiconductor design and manufacturing. Turley also presents interesting big picture perspectives of global market trends, supported by recent data. The reader is guided through the evolution of semiconductor technology, from component parts to integrated circuit technology with relevant concepts explained along the way. What makes the book especially enjoyable is Turley's insider perspective which allows him to make humorous anecdotal observations. All text is well-organized and clearly written. Graphics aid in understanding. Overall, the book offers a solid foundation of knowledge for the non-technical reader and can also be used as an up-to-date refresher course for seasoned practitioners and engineers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for first time semiconductor lovers
Simple, easy to read and to understand, good pictures at appropriate places to help you visualize the details.

This is a great book for first time semiconductor lovers. The author takes you through a time line of the semiconductor industry and also talks about the industry trends etc. The books talks about semiconductor components and its functions in an "easy to understand" format.

It's a good read especially if you are new to the semiconductor industry and want to get a good understanding of the industry.

1-0 out of 5 stars waste of money
Should be called 'The Coffee Table Overview to the Semiconductor Market'! It talked more about people who make them than how to make them.

It burned well!!

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW - I feel 10 times smarter right now...
This book is a must read for anyone in the technology industry - even a software guy like me found the content and processes explained fascinating!I would also urge anyone investing in public companies like Intel, Sun, etc.... to read this and truly understand what those companies do.There were several points in the book where the author would explain something, and the curious side of my brain would question "hrm, I wonder why it's called that... or how that came to be" - and without fail... the next paragraph of the book knew exactly what my curiosity would be and spelled it out.A HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BOOK! ... Read more

3. Physics of Semiconductor Devices
by Simon M. Sze, Kwok K. Ng
Hardcover: 832 Pages (2006-10-27)
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The Third Edition of the standard textbook and reference in the field of semiconductor devices

This classic book has set the standard for advanced study and reference in the semiconductor device field. Now completely updated and reorganized to reflect the tremendous advances in device concepts and performance, this Third Edition remains the most detailed and exhaustive single source of information on the most important semiconductor devices. It gives readers immediate access to detailed descriptions of the underlying physics and performance characteristics of all major bipolar, field-effect, microwave, photonic, and sensor devices.

Designed for graduate textbook adoptions and reference needs, this new edition includes:

  • A complete update of the latest developments
  • New devices such as three-dimensional MOSFETs, MODFETs, resonant-tunneling diodes, semiconductor sensors, quantum-cascade lasers, single-electron transistors, real-space transfer devices, and more
  • Materials completely reorganized
  • Problem sets at the end of each chapter
  • All figures reproduced at the highest quality

Physics of Semiconductor Devices, Third Edition offers engineers, research scientists, faculty, and students a practical basis for understanding the most important devices in use today and for evaluating future device performance and limitations.

 A Solutions Manual is available from the editorial department.

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5-0 out of 5 stars very satisfactory
book is brand new with low price.
shipment was fast.

very satisfactory

5-0 out of 5 stars A 'bible' of semiconductor device physics
This is such a valuable overview and basic reference book for the physics of semiconductor devices.I know of no better book for clarity, organization of material and basic-thoroughness, covering so many diffent devices.

5-0 out of 5 stars A thorough and excellent reference.
This book is a great starting point when trying to learn more about a specific topic.It is by no means a text book, but it has its place as an excellent reference.I always find a good path to follow when I start from this book in my research.

5-0 out of 5 stars a good reference book
I have used this book for two of my graduate level semiconductor courses. We use chapter 1 to chapter 6 extensively. It is a great book to have because you can find everything you need on the fundamentals. However, if you do not have any backgrounds in semiconductor this is probably not the book for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars good quality
I could not make out the difference whether it is a new book or old one...it was of such good quality.. ... Read more

4. Semiconductor Material and Device Characterization
by Dieter K. Schroder
Hardcover: 800 Pages (2006-01-30)
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This Third Edition updates a landmark text with the latest findings

The Third Edition of the internationally lauded Semiconductor Material and Device Characterization brings the text fully up-to-date with the latest developments in the field and includes new pedagogical tools to assist readers. Not only does the Third Edition set forth all the latest measurement techniques, but it also examines new interpretations and new applications of existing techniques.

Semiconductor Material and Device Characterization remains the sole text dedicated to characterization techniques for measuring semiconductor materials and devices. Coverage includes the full range of electrical and optical characterization methods, including the more specialized chemical and physical techniques. Readers familiar with the previous two editions will discover a thoroughly revised and updated Third Edition, including:

  • Updated and revised figures and examples reflecting the most current data and information
  • 260 new references offering access to the latest research and discussions in specialized topics
  • New problems and review questions at the end of each chapter to test readers' understanding of the material

In addition, readers will find fully updated and revised sections in each chapter.

Plus, two new chapters have been added:

  • Charge-Based and Probe Characterization introduces charge-based measurement and Kelvin probes. This chapter also examines probe-based measurements, including scanning capacitance, scanning Kelvin force, scanning spreading resistance, and ballistic electron emission microscopy.
  • Reliability and Failure Analysis examines failure times and distribution functions, and discusses electromigration, hot carriers, gate oxide integrity, negative bias temperature instability, stress-induced leakage current, and electrostatic discharge.

Written by an internationally recognized authority in the field, Semiconductor Material and Device Characterization remains essential reading for graduate students as well as for professionals working in the field of semiconductor devices and materials.

An Instructor's Manual presenting detailed solutions to all the problems in the book is available from the Wiley editorial department. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential text
This is an essential text for engineers, scientists, and graduate students working in the semiconductor field.It contains a thorough review of all major electrical, optical, and physical characterization methods that are commonly used.Descriptions of techniques are generally conceptually oriented, clearly stated, and do not rely excessively on equations.In addition, many useful figures are included to help explain concepts when introduced.Up to date references are included for essentially every technique mentioned.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference
Schroder has compiled an extensive and very nearly complete guide to modern characterization techniques that apply mostly to semiconductors and solid state devices, but also to techniques used in general materials analysis.We used this text in a graduate level course in EE and found it easy to read through and concise for use as a quick reference.Well worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Semiconductor Material and Device Characterization
This book offers an outstanding review of various techniques of semiconductor device processing.It is the type of book that is an invaluable reference to the device engineer.It's breadth is outstanding. ... Read more

5. Semiconductor Physics and Devices
by Donald A. Neamen
Paperback: 704 Pages (2002-12-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Neamen's "Semiconductor Physics and Devices, Third Edition" deals with the electrical properties and characteristics of semiconductor materials and devices. The goal of this book is to bring together quantum mechanics, the quantum theory of solids, semiconductor material physics, and semiconductor device physics in a clear and understandable way. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Explanations, but Emphasizes Plug-n-Chug
This is a really good introduction to the physics of semiconductor devices. It starts right from the basics of molecular structure and quantum mechanics and builds up from there. The only prerequisites needed are high school physics and chemistry, first-year calculus (second-year would help, but definitely isn't necessary), and basic knowledge of electronic circuits (knowledge of how diodes and transistors work in a circuit is not at all necessary).

In general this book proceeds in a logical fashion, neither too fast nor too slow. Sufficient detail is given to understand the topics quite fully, yet the reader isn't overwhelmed by detail. Important equations and results are highlighted and sections are divided and organized well. Many examples are given as well as problems after each section with answers provided (but no worked-through solutions). Chapter summaries are among the best I've ever seen in a textbook, and they are supplemented with a Definitions section and Checkpoint section (which is a list of questions meant to make the reader think about the chapter).

Something I don't like about the book is that it emphasizes "plug-and-chug" in most of its problems and examples. By this I mean that all that is needed to solve the problem is to find the right equation, put in the numbers, and produce a solution, often without much thought involved at all. Very few problems require a strong understanding of the material, and actually most would be quite possible for someone who knows nothing about the material by just making an educated guess as to which equation in the chapter would be needed to solve a particular problem.

I would recommend this book for a 1st- or 2nd-year physics or electronics engineering student, but mostly only if the student intends to pursue a career designing semiconductors at the physical level or researching them. For all other electronics, electrical, and computer engineers this book is slightly overkill and most engineers will probably never have to deal with the material that is covers. But, those engineers would probably find the material in this book interesting nevertheless.

4-0 out of 5 stars Review
Got the international edition. Same content so far, but not the hardback i'd expected. Good price though!

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than the rest
I own five different books on semiconductor physics and this text is by far the best. I've also references a sixth book.

I understand the other reviewers complaints but I think this is a weakness of all semiconductor books or proof of just how complicated device physics can get.

It helps to have an instructor step you through a lot of the derivations to make you understand the equations.

I like this book because it explains concepts very well. Making use of the equations and knowing when to make assumptions just comes with practice.

I've found a few mistakes but far fewer than some of the other books I've seen.

My advice to students studying semiconductors is to go to the library and get as many books as you can.

1-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre book; needs major overhaul
Assuming you have already read the previous (rather low) reviews on here, my own review may seem like overkill, but I feel that I must express just how bad Neamen's book is at explaining the material.

Most other reviewers have already covered the important points, so I'll just develop on two that I find particularly unsettling (after wasting several hours trying to see how the author arrived at the solution for ONE problem in his book):How is anyone supposed to figure out the many assumptions this guy makes when he makes no mention of them anywhere else?Also, how is anyone supposed to know what equations to use in what problems?

So far I've found that all the answers in the back of the book have been correct, however the problem is that the reader has to first figure out what equation(s) to use, which is why I'd imagine that many readers believe the answers to be incorrect.In terms of what the author explains, there are (presumably) several ways of obtaining the same answer, but for some reason this is not the case, given that your answer will often be different depending on what equation you use.Assuming the author is even correct in using the formulas he uses, he offers no explanation as to why one equation should be used in one situation but not in another.

Also, this book makes entirely too many assumptions and offers no explanation as to where they come from.Case in point:Problem 1 of Chapter 5 asks the reader to determine the drift current density in a semiconductor material under a certain set of conditions.Well, this is all fine and dandy, except for the fact that the author provides an in-book example IDENTICAL to the problem in which the answer is DIFFERENT.So why do the example and problem answers differ?Because Neamen (in the problem)apparently arbitrarily assumed a different value for electron mobility in said semiconductor material, yet he did not not explain why this different value was assumed in the first place, nor did he offer any clear explanation as to how to determine the supposedly correct electron mobility.

In summary, this book would be somewhat decent if the author spent more time explaining the material more clearly.As it stands, there are simply too many assumptions made and too few explanations for them, making this book a very poor source of information.

1-0 out of 5 stars Awful
Worst book I have come across in my college career. My only D EVER is from a professor that tried to follow this book. Many of his printed solutions to the problems in this book are vague with "Trial and Error" that yield no reasoning to how the problems should be solved.

It would take an excellent professor to make sense of Donald Neamen's, incomplete at best, work. If you don't want to take the word of the many posts of dislike for this book please feel free to read portions for yourself. And please try the wonderful incomplete problems (4 unknowns with 2 equations for example on Problem 4.4). ... Read more

6. Semiconductor Devices: Physics and Technology, 2nd Edition
by Simon M. Sze
Hardcover: 568 Pages (2001-09-07)
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This book is an introduction to the physical principles of modern semiconductor devices and their advanced fabrication technology. It begins with a brief historical review of major devices and key technologies and is then divided into three sections: semiconductor material properties, physics of semiconductor devices and processing technology to fabricate these semiconductor devices. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A great introductory overview of the principles and practise.
This book, in spite of its age (2001 era) remains a great introductory overview of the principles and practise of semiconductor device engineering.The clarity and thoroughness of each basic topic are un-surpassed in competitor books.

3-0 out of 5 stars Falling a bit short in both physics and technology
I started using this book for my undergraduate course in semiconductor technology, and I believe I would have failed the exam if I relied solely on it.

Let me explain: the exposition is really exciting and consistent, but if you were interested in the physics side of the phenomena in semiconductors and semiconductor devices, you'd be left wanting for more. "Just when it was getting interesting", you are left with a few paragraphs that just aren't there. If you are the least scientifically curious, this will most likely frustrate you (it is also a credit to Sze as a scientific author, as he made you actually want to know more, through his systematic exposition). I found that even the very old cornerstone book "Electrons and Holes in Semiconductors" by Shockley, gives more satisfaction to the reader, as Shockley has a much broader, freer and thorough approach at discussing the physics of semiconductors.

From the technological point of view, the book in question doesn't seem very useful. It works on some fundamentals but, again, it will only get your lips wet but thirsty. Still, I think Sze tried to cover the bases in a field that is in explosive development such as semiconductor technology.

From both points of view - physics and technology - the book feels a lot like a teaser for Sze's masterpiece, "Physics of Semiconductor Devices" (2nd edition), which is a book I would wholeheartedly recommend without reservations. And herein lies the reason why I gave this ("Semiconductor Devices") book only three stars: if I give 5 stars to "Physics of Semiconductor Devices" by the same author, then the object of this review deserves 3. Seeing as though the price of both books is almost the same, this should at least make you think for a moment.

2-0 out of 5 stars Reference book yes... but thats about it
As a undergrad electrical engineering student I found this book a horrible choice for an introductory level semiconductor class.As another reviewer mentioned, the example problems (the most important part of any textbook) are few and far between.Most of the book is filled with equations and derivations that are overwhelming and confusing.Clearly the author is well versed in the physics of semiconductor devices; however, the presentation of the information leaves any student reader overwhelmed.Maybe this book makes a handy reference, but only after you have been exposed to the material.As for me, I'll be replacing S.M. Sze's "Semiconductor Devices Physics and Technology" 2nd Ed with something that makes more sense for a student.

4-0 out of 5 stars Review
I found it quite good, there are some things better treated in the last version.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Book from Dedicated Author
The bible of semiconductor intended for under-/graduate students or as reference for advance scientist is the market of the author. The book consists of basic band gap explanation and carrier transport phenomena going through almost all exploited devices applied nowadays. Beside that, the technology starting form epitaxial growth until the etching mechanism is enclosed here. Moreover, the need of equation derivation is also appended herein since the author tries to explain them in deep.

Some devices,e.g BARITT, TRAPATT are not explained here. The photonic device are coped in a concise clear way including the solar cell.
The presentation and pictures attached here is well depicted and really helps the reader to the understanding of the material completely. Furthermore, this book is also well-suited for crash course for some experienced readers. ... Read more

7. Optical Processes in Semiconductors
by Jacques I. Pankove
Paperback: 428 Pages (2010-11-18)
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This comprehensive textbook and reference covers all phenomena involving light in semiconductors, emphasizing modern applications in semiconductor lasers, electroluminescence, photodetectors, photoconductors, photoemitters, polarization effects, absorption spectroscopy, radiative transfers and reflectance modulatons. With numerous problems. 339 illustrations.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Reveals basic secrets of semiconductors :)
This book for me is a "book of revealing semiconductor secrets" which includes good in-depth details of fundamental semiconductors that majority of semiconductor books, published in last 10-15 years do not include. Since it was written over 30 years or so back, it includes basic stuff, which is whatyour advisor or lecturer at university "expects" you to know or understand without a problem (of course in reality nothing is easy unless one knows about it and this book, I feel, does provides those basic answers :o)

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand its discussion
A very elegant, eloquent text on its subject. Explains the major physical processes very clearly, without drowning you in tons of mathematics. The sheer clarity of Pankove's exposition is the greatest appeal of this book. After reading this, you may wish to go onto heftier tomes that delve into greater detail. But consider starting here.

While the text dates from 1976, its explanations of optical phenomena are still valid. Don't consider it outdated. ... Read more

8. Fabless Semiconductor Implementation
by Rakesh Kumar
Hardcover: 336 Pages (2008-03-26)
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Discover How to Launch and Succeed as a Fabless Semiconductor Firm

Fabless Semiconductor Implementation takes you step-by-step through the challenges faced by fabless firms in the development of integrated circuits. This expert guide examines the potential pitfalls of IC implementation in the rapidly growing fabless segment of the semiconductor industryand elaborates how to overcome these difficulties. It provides a comprehensive overview of the issues that executives and technical professionals encounter at fabless companies.

Filled with over 150 on-target illustrations, this business-building tool presents a clear picture of the entire lifecycle of a fabless enterprise, describing how to envision and execute fabless IC implementation.

Inside This Comprehensive Guide to Fabless IC Design

  • Define and specify the product
  • Understand the customer requirements, the value chain, and the supply chain
  • Select the right implementation approach, including “make” vs. “buy”
  • Choose the best technologies and supply chain
  • Implement IC design, fabrication, and manufacturing
  • Build the operations infrastructure to meet cost and quality requirements
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive overview of the fabless S/C industry
    In this well written book the author, Rakesh Kumar, shares his 35 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. The book presents a comprehensive overview of the fabless semiconductor technology in an easy to read fashion. The book includes an overall picture of the dynamics of the semiconductor industry as well as a detailed, step-by-step discussion of what is involved in launching a new product as a fabless company. It takes the reader through the lifecycle of a fabless company and points out the challenges and pitfalls of developing a new IC. The book covers the various implementation options and technology choices. It emphasizes the importance of dealing with customers and suppliers and sharing a long term roadmap with them.There is also extensive coverage of unit and development cost, quality and other operational issues.
    Although the book focuses on starting a successful fabless company, many of the issues discussed apply to IDMs and fab-lite companies as well.The book also includes illuminating testimonials of leaders in the semiconductor industry to illustrate the points the author makes in the book.

    I have been using this book in a class I am teaching at the University of Pennsylvania on the "Dynamics of the Semiconductor Industry".The course is part of our Executive Masters of Technology Management program which offers an MSE in Engineering, and is co-sponsored by our Wharton Business School. The comprehensive nature of this book makes it an ideal reading for the class, and provides a context against which to teach. It brings together business and technology considerations in a well explained fashion.The book is a must-read for semiconductor design engineers, non-engineering personnel associated with the industry as well as aspiring entrepreneurs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive silicon primer
    Dr. Kumar's "Fabless Semiconductor Implementation" is a well written, up to date reference guide for modern custom silicon.The layout is excellent, and the book reads & flows well.Also, I couldn't find a single area that Dr. Kumar fails to address.The book is applicable for a wide range of people from the "smart but inexperienced in silicon" engineer, to the silicon expert seeking a comprehensive reference manual.Lastly, I believe this book is perfect for executives who have silicon groups under them, but have not grown up through the silicon ranks.Highly recommended fabless silicon primer.

    4-0 out of 5 stars NOT "real men have fabs"
    Kumar explains much about the problems of starting up and running a fabless company. He addresses a reader who might or should already have an idea about a niche in chip or system design currently unaddressed by the marketplace. He explains the ecosystem of the semiconductor industry, and where fabless companies fit in. By now [2008], there are several fabs throughout the world that can take your design tapeouts and instantiate them in silicon.

    The text goes through ways to attract funding. Starting with the proverbial friends and family. Then angel investors. Followed by Series A, B etc. All the way to an IPO or perhaps being bought out by a larger, established chip firm. For an American startup, another source of funding is the US government. Through its Small Business Innovative Research grants. Or by contracts with various other federal agencies or departments. Kumar does warn of one danger. You might get success in attracting contracts. But you need to later avoid a sole dependence on these. Otherwise you will never get big; always remaining essentially a research arm of the government.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource
    Dr. Kumar's recently released book presents a marvelous compendium of current information gleaned from years of experience and success in the fabless arena.Whether this is your first or your fiftieth fabless company; whether you are an executive managing an existing fabless operation, a technical professional designing the next great semiconductor product, or an entrepreneur compiling a business plan for a new fabless company; the information in this book will prove invaluable to your success.
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  • 9. Advanced Semiconductor Fundamentals (2nd Edition)
    by Robert F. Pierret
    Paperback: 221 Pages (2002-08-19)
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    Asin: 013061792X
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Focus on silicon-based semiconductors—a real-world, market-dominating issue that will appeal to people looking to apply what they are learning.Comprehensive coverage includes treatment of basic semiconductor properties, elements of Quantum Mechanics, energy band theory, equilibrium carrier statistics, recombination-generation processes, and drift/diffusion carrier transport.Practicing engineers and scientists will find this volume helpful, whether it be self-study, reference, or review. ... Read more

    Customer Reviews (8)

    1-0 out of 5 stars I did not recieve the book
    The Book was not delivered to Me and I had to wait for almost 1 month expecting it to come but without any use.But I am happy with the Amazon.com because they refunded the amount immediately when I complained about this.

    1-0 out of 5 stars FEEDBACK
    This book is not for begineer like me, I graduated as a Computer Engineer and really have problem learning this book. I suggest to read the Semiconductor Fundamentals same author before buying this book

    5-0 out of 5 stars Complicated material written in a very concise manner.
    On a quick scan at first the material covered in this book appears intimidating. It covers concepts of quantum physics like Schrödinger equation; Blotch theorem;Kronig-Penney model; Brillouin zones and then covers the semiconductor physics as Fermi levels; carrier transportation. The book covers a lot of fairly complicated material in a very concise and explanatory manner.Just by the sheer difficulty of the material; I would suggest taking a course to help alleviate the pain of self-tutoring.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very nice book
    Very nice book. I especially liked the manner in which minimal essentials of solid-state physics was covered. In a short time you can get to know quite a bit of basic essentials of solid-state that a semiconductor device engr needs to know.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    This is an excellent treatise on the theory of semiconductors which is essential in learning solid-state devices like basic pn junctions and MOS devices. This book lays the fundamentals needed for a good understanding of these devices. Very useful for advanced undergrads and grads. This may be used as a companion volume with Streetman & Banerjee. However all the books of this 'Purdue' series is excellent - they are concise, clear and advanced. ... Read more

    10. An Introduction to Semiconductor Devices
    by Donald Neamen
    Hardcover: 720 Pages (2005-01-06)
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    Asin: 0072987561
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    An Introduction to Semiconductor Devices by Donald Neamen provides an understanding of the characteristics, operations and limitations of semiconductor devices.In order to provide this understanding, the book brings together the fundamental physics of the semiconductor material and the semiconductor device physics.

    This new text provides an accessible and modern presentation of material.Quantum mechanic material is minimal, and the most advanced material is designated with an icon.This modern approach meands that coverage of the MOS transistor preceeds the material on the bipolar transitor, which reflects the dominance of MOS technology in today's world.

    Excellent pedagogy is present throughout the book in the form of interesting chapters openers, worked examples, a variety of exercises, key terms, and end of chapter problems. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars no/little quantum mechanics needed
    The book is an up to date introduction to the understanding of current semiconductor devices and their manufacture. Perhaps the best sign of this is the correct emphasis on describing the Metal Oxide Semiconductor (MOS) circuitry. Older texts go into more detail about bipolar technology - the Ebers-Moll model for an npn transistor and all that. But for over 10 years, MOS has been the dominant technology and students should concentrate on getting a clear understanding of it from the book.

    There is still a description of bipolar, and of the bipolar-MOS amalgam.

    The device physics of junctions and single transistors is competently done. The book is designed for a student who has had an undergraduate course in classical physics, but who perhaps hasnever seen quantum mechanics before. So devices that exhibit pure quantum behaviour, like Esaki/tunnel diodes aren't really gone into. ... Read more

    11. Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
    by Michael Quirk, Julian Serda
    Paperback: 666 Pages (2000-11-19)
    list price: US$160.40 -- used & new: US$97.92
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    Asin: 0130815209
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    In this book, Quirk and Serda introduce the terminology, concepts, processes, products, and equipment commonly used in the manufacture of ultra large scale integrated (ULSI) semiconductors. The book provides helpful, up-to-date technical information about semiconductor manufacturing and strikes an effective balance between the process and equipment technology found in wafer fabrications. Topics include copper interconnect; dual damascene additive process for metallization; deep UV sub-micron photolithography (.18 micron and below); low-k dielectric processing; chemical mechanical planarization; a comprehensive model of manufacturing process; chemical-mechanical polish (CMP); and maintenance and troubleshooting. For practicing semiconductor manufacturing technicians or those interested in semiconductor manufacturing technology and processes.

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
    This book is written as college course text. It is easy to understand if you have a good techincal background. It does a good job of covering the many different aspects of the difficult subject.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
    Nice book.It helped with my understanding of nano technology.Best if used in conjunction with a class requiring it so the teacher can explain some of the processes better than the book because it is vague on some concepts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, the Best
    I feel the authors have accomplished exactly their stated intent.I have used this text as a Fab Manager to train technicians new and old, and I have used it in academia to instruct students.It is superbly presented and easy for ANYONE to understand.It is worth purchasing for the glossary alone which is an excellent tool in helping the un-indoctrinated sift through the tons of jargon associated with this technology.This book is not for in-depth study of the subjects covered- it just explains the basics very well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best textbook on the market.
    This book is well worth the price if you are looking for an understanding of how semiconductors are made.Although it would be useful to have an engineering degree in order to understand all of it, it isn't necessary.The first couple of pages in each chapter are easy to read and as you gain knowlegde, the book simply expands for you.If I have a complaint, it would be that the book doesn't fit easily in my briefcase!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book
    I am non-technical person in the financial community and have used this text as a resource on a regular basis. I have found it very accessible despite the fact that I have no engineering degree. I recommend this book to any reader who wants a detailed summary of semiconductor manufacturing from wafer fabrication to packaging and test. ... Read more

    12. Semiconductor Fundamentals: Volume I (2nd Edition)
    by Robert F. Pierret
    Paperback: 160 Pages (1988-01-11)
    list price: US$37.00 -- used & new: US$25.60
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    Asin: 0201122952
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    This book presents those terms, concepts, equations, and models that are routinely used in describing the operational behavior of solid state devices. The second edition provides many new problems and illustrative examples. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Clear, but why so many modules ?
    I've used the first 6 volumes of this series to give a
    course in semiconductor device physics, and found the text
    really well done, I could allmost give the material verbatim
    to the students (except for some calculations where some
    more additional steps needed to enlighten some of them).
    Most of the basic aspects of semiconductor physics, having
    an impact on the practical characteristics of real devices
    are treated and follow logically from the theory that is
    exposed in the volumes.
    The only thing that I found strange is: why so many small
    modules, which are anyway interdependent ?Wouldn't one
    decent book have been a better idea ?

    3-0 out of 5 stars a good book for start
    I am a lecturer of semiconductors.my students found this book very suitable. in iran this book is translated in farsi by Dr.Moravej Farshi.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book
    I really enjoyed reading the book and found it very well written and easy to understand. ... Read more

    13. MOS (Metal Oxide Semiconductor) Physics and Technology (Wiley Classics Library)
    by E. H. Nicollian, J. R. Brews
    Paperback: 928 Pages (2002-11-21)
    list price: US$149.95 -- used & new: US$116.86
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    Asin: 047143079X
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    Explains the theoretical and experimental foundations of the measurement of the electrical properties of the MOS system and the technology for controlling its properties. Emphasizes the silica and the silica-silicon interface. Provides a critical assessment of the literature, corrects incomplete or incorrect theoretical formulations, and gives critical comparisons of measurement methods. Contains information needed to grow an oxide, make an MOS capacitor array, and fabricate an integrated circuit with optimal performance and stability. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have
    This is the quintessential review of the MOS capacitor.Excellently written, thorough and still very current.This text is essential for the bookshelf of all semiconductor scientists and engineers. ... Read more

    14. Fundamentals of Semiconductor Manufacturing and Process Control
    by Gary S. May, Costas J. Spanos
    Hardcover: 488 Pages (2006-05-22)
    list price: US$99.95 -- used & new: US$64.23
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    Asin: 0471784060
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    A practical guide to semiconductor manufacturing from process control to yield modeling and experimental design

    Fundamentals of Semiconductor Manufacturing and Process Control covers all issues involved in manufacturing microelectronic devices and circuits, including fabrication sequences, process control, experimental design, process modeling, yield modeling, and CIM/CAM systems. Readers are introduced to both the theory and practice of all basic manufacturing concepts.

    Following an overview of manufacturing and technology, the text explores process monitoring methods, including those that focus on product wafers and those that focus on the equipment used to produce wafers. Next, the text sets forth some fundamentals of statistics and yield modeling, which set the foundation for a detailed discussion of how statistical process control is used to analyze quality and improve yields.

    The discussion of statistical experimental design offers readers a powerful approach for systematically varying controllable process conditions and determining their impact on output parameters that measure quality. The authors introduce process modeling concepts, including several advanced process control topics such as run-by-run, supervisory control, and process and equipment diagnosis.

    Critical coverage includes the following:
    * Combines process control and semiconductor manufacturing
    * Unique treatment of system and software technology and management of overall manufacturing systems
    * Chapters include case studies, sample problems, and suggested exercises
    * Instructor support includes electronic copies of the figures and an instructor's manual

    Graduate-level students and industrial practitioners will benefit from the detailed exami?nation of how electronic materials and supplies are converted into finished integrated circuits and electronic products in a high-volume manufacturing environment.

    An Instructor's Manual presenting detailed solutions to all the problems in the book is available from the Wiley editorial department.

    An Instructor Support FTP site is also available. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good to take the overview of SPC and Semiconductor processes
    The beginning chapters cover the semiconductor processes, and the last half chapters cover fundamental level of Statistical Process Control. Some explanations about the SPC are not sufficient because of the limited pages, compared to books of SPC. However, this book contains a lot of useful tables, and it is a good size to carry around. Thus, I think this is a good book to review SPC and Semiconductor Processes quickly.

    4-0 out of 5 stars extensive summary of fabs
    For those of you working in a fab, or designing processes to be used in it, May gives a good summary of what is generally known and non-proprietary. He explains the key steps in photolithography, wet and dry etching, the different ways to dope, and deposition processes.

    But along with these steps, every fab needs to monitor them for quality control. So we get discussions of how to measure data about a wafer. Like using inteferometry or ellipsometry to measure the thickness of a deposited thin film. Or using a four point probe for capacitance or resistance measurements.

    A lot of the text also deals with statistics and how to maximise your device yield. Involves numerous modelling choices and process controls. ... Read more

    15. Fundamentals of Semiconductor Devices
    by Betty Lise Anderson
    Hardcover: 816 Pages (2004)

    Isbn: 0072369779
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars good
    I have no background in semiconductors but the book is simple and easy to understand.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible.
    A junior at Ohio State, I must admit that this is the least effective textbook I have ever purchased.The majority of the material is in paragraph form, which is difficult to comprehend for readers used to the typical formula, short description, and diagram style.Rarely does the book remind the reader of important material covered previously, which forces the reader to frequently search for information by flipping back and forth to understand the material.This book is also littered with errors.I strongly advise against using this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Primer
    If you have no knowledge of semiconductors and you want to learn this is THE book. Currently I am using it for my undergraduate course in semiconductor devices and its explanations and presentation of material is wonderful.

    I really enjoyed the introductory chapter and supplement on quantum mechanics.It goes through just enough of the shroedinger equation so that you will have a feel for what is going on.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
    As a junior in college studying semiconductors, I can attest that this book has been enormously helpful in my studies, and much better than the required text.

    Concepts are presented in a clear way that's easy to understand, with in-depth explanations and many very helpful examples and analogies.There are many well-done diagrams that make visualizing the concepts easier (as would be expected).

    One other neat thing about this book is that it's organized in a way such that a lot of the detailed derivations and other more in-depth sections are clearly labled so that if all you want are the basic concepts, you don't have to be bogged down by advanced material, which can be returned to later for a more advanced understanding. ... Read more

    16. Chips and Change: How Crisis Reshapes the Semiconductor Industry
    by Clair Brown, Greg Linden
    Hardcover: 256 Pages (2009-09-30)
    list price: US$35.00 -- used & new: US$28.81
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    Asin: 0262013460
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    For decades the semiconductor industry has been a driver of global economic growth and social change. Semiconductors, particularly the microchips essential to most electronic devices, have transformed computing, communications, entertainment, and industry. In Chips and Change, Clair Brown and Greg Linden trace the industry over more than twenty years through eight technical and competitive crises that forced it to adapt in order to continue its exponential rate of improved chip performance. The industry's changes have in turn shifted the basis on which firms hold or gain global competitive advantage.

    These eight interrelated crises do not have tidy beginnings and ends. Most, in fact, are still ongoing, often in altered form. The U.S. semiconductor industry's fear that it would be overtaken by Japan in the 1980s, for example, foreshadows current concerns over the new global competitors China and India. The intersecting crises of rising costs for both design and manufacturing are compounded by consumer pressure for lower prices. Other crises discussed in the book include the industry's steady march toward the limits of physics, the fierce competition that keeps its profits modest even as development costs soar, and the global search for engineering talent.

    Other high-tech industries face crises of their own, and the semiconductor industry has much to teach about how industries are transformed in response to such powerful forces as technological change, shifting product markets, and globalization. Chips and Change also offers insights into how chip firms have developed, defended, and, in some cases, lost global competitive advantage. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Solid, Thoughtful Analysis of an Industry In Constant Turmoil
    Semiconductor folks are all very familiar with the eight crises that the authors describe as reshaping the industry (rising design costs, rising fab costs, challenges and limits to Moore's Law, globalization, outsourcing, etc.).But they will appreciate the well-written and thoughtful analysis that describes the last 20 years of change, challenge, progress, and uncertainty.There is a clear appreciation of the great story that marks the rise of TSMC and fabless chip companies, the relentless pace set by Moore's Law, the global fireworks of national competition, and the ebb and flow of high tech careers.Some very sophisticated and original public policy and workforce insights.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on an industry analysis from economist's point of view
    This is a great book about the evolution of the semiconductor industry and its development cycles. Brown and Linden prvide fresh insights about the global competitiveness of America. This is an easy read, yet is based on statistics and scientif findings.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Timely and Accessible
    Brown and Linden provide an insightful economic history of a turbulent industry that shapes much of our daily lives.Their primer on semiconductors was useful and concise.You will come away with a new respect for the toil, risk, and resilience that characterize the chip industry.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Study of Strategy and Change
    "Chips and Change" provides an excellent overview of the rapidly changing strategic environment in the semiconductor industry, and some sense of where things are headed. Since the 1960s the semiconductor industry has been a driver of global economic growth and social change. Each country involved wants a large, viable semiconductor industry that provides good jobs. The authors use eight technical and managerial crises going back to the mid-1980s to examine the industry from an economic perspective, helping readers understand how global competitive advantage can be won and lost. None of the crises are permanently resolve, invariably rebuilding, often in a new guise (eg. fear of Japan re-emerges as fear of China).

    In the first crisis, Japanese chip producers raised their share of industry revenues above U.S. producers by the mid-1980s by improving their manufacturing technology thanks to government demanding technology transfers from IBM etc. wanting access to growing Japanese markets, and lower capital costs. Their government also subsidized R&D, promoted cooperation between competitive groups, and protected Japanese markets. Japanese yields (70 - 80%) exceeded U.S. (50 - 60%), and reliability was also higher. American responses included Motorola's Six Sigma program to dramatically improve quality, U.C. Berkeley's establishing best-practice comparative performance benchmarks and the fall of "not-invented-here" attitudes in the industry, lowering the value of the dollar 51% vs. the yen, establishing a research consortium (SEMATECH) that helped chip-makers and suppliers work more closely together, and largely exiting the DRAM memory business due to overcapacity.

    Intel also ended its "second-sourcing" agreements with other chip-makers, limiting competition, established the principal that the software embedded in the design (microcode) is copyrightable and began challenging threats to its intellectual property, sped up its product development cycle, and began branding its products. Motorola, IBM, and TI waited to exit the market until '97-'98, with only Micron remaining (cut its costs through design). Japan, in turn, lost its DRAM leadership to Korea's Samsung with its greater access to capital, and was further hindered by an overemphasis on quality while the market shifted from long-term mainframe uses to shorter-lived PCs and other consumer goods.

    Increasing wafer size and decreasing line-width (from two microns in 1980, to .035 micron in 2009 - human hairs are about 100 microns) led to rapidly rising fabrication plant costs - the second crisis reviewed. Costs to build a leading-edge fabrication plant rose from $200 million in 1983 to $5-7 billion by 2007. Costs of developing the process flow also rose - to $2.5 billion. Consolidation was an obvious response, as was the development of independent Asian contract manufacturers that produced chips for other firms. This, in turn, has led to concern over ultimately losing fabrication (and design) skills in the U.S.

    The third crisis was the inability to design chips that took advantage of the large number of circuits available through new fabrication plants. This was resolved through system-level integration onto a single chip, thus bringing faster operating speeds, lower power consumption, lower costs, the ability to be used in smaller consumer products, and improved reliability. At the same time, the required software (45% of design cost) rose to over 200 person-years for design and test. This led to the reliance on design automation and reusable code cores. Lowering the cost of design to meet consumer end-product requirements (the market moved from mainly PCs to also include cell-phones, etc.) also led to opening design centers in Asia (especially India), and 24-hour design work through passing the work back and forth between India and the U.S. over the Internet.

    Particularly interesting was the authors' pointing out that cost savings via Asian engineering are not as dramatic as appear - only 25-50% savings, vs. the 80-90% that would appear via salary comparisons. Engineers in China and India, and to a lesser extent Taiwan, are younger with less experience and often only two-year degrees. They also often don't get trained on automated chip design. On the other hand, based on Samsung's experience in taking only ten years to move up the DRAM memory technology chain beginning in 1981, the authors envision Asian engineer parity with the U.S. in 10+ years. Meanwhile, the number of U.S. chip engineers has stagnated/fallen, and may already have been overtaken by those in Asia.

    A related concern is that outsourcing leading-edge fabrication plants to Asia and Europe will lead to outsourcing chip design as well. The authors sort of go round in circles on this issue, eventually concluding that this negative outcome is likely.

    One final challenge: The authors see current consumer-product chips as over-designed - more functions than most users want. Thus, the next trend will be simplifying those chips for use by poorer populations. ... Read more

    17. Electronic and Optoelectronic Properties of Semiconductor Structures
    by Jasprit Singh
    Paperback: 560 Pages (2007-03-26)
    list price: US$70.00 -- used & new: US$56.80
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    Jasprit Singh presents the underlying physics behind devices that drive today's technologies, utilizing carefully chosen solved examples to convey important concepts. Real-world applications are highlighted throughout the book, stressing the links between physical principles and actual devices. The volume provides engineering and physics students and professionals with complete coverage of key modern semiconductor concepts. A solutions manual and set of viewgraphs for use in lectures is available for instructors, from solutions@cambridge.org. ... Read more

    18. Fundamentals of Semiconductors: Physics and Materials Properties (Graduate Texts in Physics)
    by Peter Y. Yu, Manuel Cardona
    Hardcover: 775 Pages (2010-07-07)
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    Asin: 3642007090
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    This fourth edition of the well-established Fundamentals of Semiconductors serves to fill the gap between a general solid-state physics textbook and research articles by providing detailed explanations of the electronic, vibrational, transport, and optical properties of semiconductors. The approach is physical and intuitive rather than formal and pedantic. Theories are presented to explain experimental results. This textbook has been written with both students and researchers in mind. Its emphasis is on understanding the physical properties of Si and similar tetrahedrally coordinated semiconductors. The explanations are based on physical insights. Each chapter is enriched by an extensive collection of tables of material parameters, figures, and problems. Many of these problems "lead the student by the hand" to arrive at the results.

    The major changes made in the fourth edition include: an extensive appendix about the important and by now well-established deep center known as the DX center, additional problems and the solutions to over fifty of the problems at the end of the various chapters.

    Some of the solutions contain extensionst via discussions about topics of current interest in the field of semiconductor physics, such as spin-orbit coupling and k-linear band dispersion.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The fourth edition
    The third edition is out of print. The fourth edition, with 775 pages, has just appeared. The book has been updated, many references to recent developments, additional problems and their solutions have been added. The price has remained almost the same!The book should serve as a textbook for a course on semiconductor physics. The authors hope it will be as well received as the previous editions and reprints.
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart
    I didn't get very far with this book, as it is well beyond my level of familiarity.It is very math intensive, and requires a sound foundation in the topic.I'm not too sure I understand why it's called "Fundamentals of Semiconductors", I might suggest "A Very Intense Treatment of Semiconductors".This is probably a valuable reference for the clever.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best book in the market
    This book is an excellent reference book on semiconductors in general. The physics behind semiconductor theory is discussed very well, however, if you are looking for a book regarding semiconductor devices or electronics, this is not what you are looking for.

    One advantage of this book is that it contains a fairly large section for "group theory", if you are using it in your studies.

    Electronic, transport and especially optical properties of semiconductors are mentioned very extensively and clearly. There is also a whole chapter on photoemission, which is very useful. The concept of quantum confinement is addressed independently with illustrative examples.

    If you are interested in semiconductors and want to buy "one" book which you can use and consult all the time, this is the book you need. The authors are some of the best in the World on semiconductors.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on semiconductor PHYSICS
    I'm a Ph.D on physics, I read this book from page to page and worked out the problems.
    This is an excellent book on the physics of semiconductors, NOT on semiconductor devices! The text is well written. The physical concept is clearly explained, mostly with a diagram or a graph. The formulae are carefully deducted without wasting too much time and space. I must add a few words on the problems. From all the physics textbooks I've read, only Claude Cohen-Tannoudji's Quantum Mechanics book is comparable. Those problems usually are about the the formulae, such as k.p. perturbation method and Luttinger Hamiltonian, etc., appeared in the main text but its detail is not appropriate there. The problems are by no means easy. Actually, some of them are really hard. For example, it took me a lot of time to work out the 6 by 6 k.p. perturbation matrix! In the process of working out those problems, I had a better understanding on the computational physics. You don't see that in a normal textbook!

    The references are the classical or landstone papers about a specific subject, very good for further research.

    In summary, this is an excellent textbook, if you want to study it hard.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 3rd edition
    The third edition is already available. The second is OUT OF PRINT. ENTRY SHOULD BE UPDATED ... Read more

    19. RF and Microwave Semiconductor Device Handbook
    Hardcover: 336 Pages (2002-10-28)
    list price: US$139.95 -- used & new: US$139.95
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    Asin: 084931562X
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    Offering a single volume reference for high frequency semiconductor devices, this handbook covers basic material characteristics, system level concerns and constraints, simulation and modeling of devices, and packaging. Individual chapters detail the properties and characteristics of each semiconductor device type, including: Varactors, Schottky diodes, transit-time devices, BJTs, HBTs, MOSFETs, MESFETs, and HEMTs. Written by leading researchers in the field, the RF and Microwave Semiconductor Device Handbook provides an excellent starting point for programs involving development, technology comparison, or acquisition of RF and wireless semiconductor devices. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
    I just finished a masters in RF device design and I have to say that this is a great book.It is written well and covers many different areas in a few short pages.Some of the mathematics could be better explained, but for the most part this is a great, useful, book. ... Read more

    20. Physics of Semiconductors in High Magnetic Fields (Series on Semiconductor Science and Technology)
    by Noboru Miura
    Hardcover: 368 Pages (2007-11-24)
    list price: US$150.00 -- used & new: US$92.95
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    Asin: 0198517564
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    This book describes the basic concepts of various physical phenomena in semiconductors and their modulated structures under high magnetic fields. The topic cover magneto-transport phenomena, cyclotron resonance, far-infrared spectroscopy, magneto-optical spectroscopy, diluted magnetic semiconductors in high magnetic fields, as well as the recent advances in the experimental techniques needed for high field experiments. Starting from the introductory part describing the basic theoretical background, each chapter introduces typical experimental data which were actually obtained in very high magnetic fields mostly in the pulsed field range up to several megagauss (20-100T). The book has both the character of a textbook and a monograph. For researchers and students with an interest in semiconductor physics or in high magnetic fields, it will serve as a useful guide. ... Read more

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