The Silicon Transistor

Contributed by Smon Young

The Silicon Transistor

The silicon transistor must be the outstanding legacy of the 20th. century. Since becoming commercially available in the 1060s, the transistor has changed society and culture beyond recogition. There is today not a single area of Human activity that has not benefited from the application of transistorised devices. Now several million time smaller than the original, todays transistor has, in it's way, made the world a single community, able to communicate and interact, trade and educate instantly. The transistor has facilitated transformational advances in the fundamentals of life, from food quality, clothing, medicin, health care, education, communication, travel, trade, science and technology. What we can do, and how we can do it, is now unrecognisable from the stand point of the turn of the century. And it has taken a little over 50 years. Almost every action we depend upon to conduct our daily lives, relies in some respect on one of the billions of transistors that inhabit the devices we now use and take for granted. If every transistor suddenly stopped working, the world as we know it, would quite literally come to a grinding halt. Millions would suffer lingering painful deaths

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