Semiconductor Devices: Physics and Technology, 2nd Edition 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471333722
ISBN-10: 0471333727
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A basic introduction to the physical properties of semiconductor devices and fabrication technology, this work presents the theoretical and practical aspects of every step in device fabrication, with an emphasis on integrated circuits. Divided into three parts, it covers the basic properties of semiconductors and processes, emphasizing silicon and gallium arsenide; the physics and characteristics of semiconductor devices, bipolar and unipolar devices, and special microwave and photonic devices; and the latest processing technologies, from crystal growth to lithographic pattern transfer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (September 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471333727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471333722
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "radagasty" on July 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a welcome 2nd edition of Sze's basic introduction to the technology underlying modern conventional semiconductor devices. The first edition of 1985 served the needs of its time admirably, but the 17 years since have seen much progress in the field, especially in the area of fabrication technology.
It should be stressed that this text is an introductory text, covering the basics well, but not taking the material much beyond the intermediate level. It is also very much an engineering text rather than a physics text, for the focus is squarely placed on the technology and not the underlying solid-state physics. As such, it is suited to undergraduate electrical/electronic engineers wishing to gain some appreciation of the physics underpinning conventional semiconductor devices, and the way they are fabricated, or for physicists wishing to gain some perspective on the fabrication and operation of the same, but it is in no way a comprehensive textbook on semiconductor physics.
Nevertheless, the material that is presented is well chosen, and well explained. The English prose style is somewhat pedestrian, but this is no great flaw in an engineering textbook. All the essentials of semiconductor materials (almost exclusively Si and GaAs) are described, the p-n junction, as well as the major device types (BJTs, (MOS/MES)FETs, microwave diodes, LEDs, lasers, etc.) and the modern technologies employed for their fabrication. In some senses, the section on fabrication technologies, taking up fully a third of the book, is perhaps its best section, for fabrication is rarely given such emphasis (although, again, not detailed, but covering most salient points) in an introductory book.
The pedagogical method employed by Sze is sound, and relevant worked examples are provided.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Visitor_of_Universe on July 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Explains the basic concepts in device physics well. Covers generic process steps used to make most semiconductors. Probably a bit outdated, though physics hasn't changed much since 1985. This book is referred to as "eazy Sze" around my office, which is a refrence to "hard Sze"--The physics of semiconductor devices, 1981. "Hard Sze" is the ultimate refrence for device physics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mohadig Widha Rousstia on February 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AAJN on May 22, 2013
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I bought this book to prepare for my graduate school quals - we're supposed to know something about semiconductor technology. This book is not great - the author doesn't always derive even basic formulas, and the organization leaves something to be desired. If you are looking for an intro to semiconductors, I'd recommend Robert Pierret's book - it's much better.
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