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The History of Semiconductor

How have semiconductors contributed to the advances in electronics from the 20th century to the present day? The following multifaceted presentation traces the development of technologies that have enriched our lifestyle.

History of Semiconductor

The ever-accelerating evolution of semiconductors

The key inventions that laid the foundation of today's information technology (IT) had already emerged by the end of the 19th century, including the light bulb by Thomas Alva Edison, telephone and telegraph by Alexander Graham Bell, wireless telegraphy by Guglielmo Marconi, and cathode ray tube by Karl Ferdinand Braun. These basic technologies have made remarkable progress since then, due in large part to the development of semiconductors.
Let us trace the evolution of the semiconductor through the history of epoch-making discoveries and inventions, starting with the birth of the vacuum tube—a distant ancestor of semiconductor devices.