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How do millions of electronic devices cooperate in the sophisticated environment of today's microprocessor? What are the physical principles that govern their behavior?

More than forty years after its invention, the integrated circuit has entered an exciting but considerably more challenging stage of development, as ever-shrinking devices approach the physical limits associated with the structure of matter.

In the third edition of their essential text, Device Electronics for Integrated Circuits, Ted Kamins of HP Labs and his
co-authors -- Richard Muller of the University of California at Berkeley, with Mansun Chan of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology -- explore these developments and the underlying physics of modern electronic devices - the foundation of electronic communication systems, as well as microprocessors.

The book, published by John Wiley & Sons, is updated with the latest trends in IC technology.

Some features of the new edition include:

  • revised and enhanced coverage of MOSFETs and CMOS to bring the reader step-by-step from the basic, long-channel MOSFET theory to models that describe the submicron-channel MOSFETS of today's megatransistor chips
  • new discussion of heterostructures and heterojunction bipolar transistors, especially silicon-germanium devices
  • expanded coverage of process simulation
  • a brief discussion of compound semiconductors
  • expanded consideration of Gauss' law to reinforce its applications and aid the reader in understanding its applications to many device problems.

Kamins, a Principal Scientist in HP Labs' Quantum Science Research Lab, an IEEE Fellow and a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society has worked extensively in the area of semiconductor devices and materials. His current research focuses on advanced nanostructured electronic materials and devices.

Previous editions of the book, a text for seniors and first-year graduate students in Electrical Engineering and a reference for others, have been translated into Russian, Italian and Spanish.


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