Semiconductor Devices: Physics and Technology

Semiconductor Devices: Physics and Technology
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Semiconductor Devices: Physics and Technology, Third Edition 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.

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'Watered" down Semiconductor Devices


I feel like this book leaves out necessary explanations on solid state physics to appreciate or fully understand semiconductor devices. Knowing that S.M. Sze's other book "Physics of Semiconductor Devices" is used as the "bible" of semiconductors, I would have preferred that our teacher had used that book instead.

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.

More than enough detail


This class at least in my opinion is one of the more difficult classes and the book goes into more than enough explanation and detail for my class that I felt I understood the subject and it showed because I got an A in the class.

A great book!


Makes an otherwise complex subject seem simple by the way it is presented.I found it to be an exceptionally well written text, and would encourage anyone who is interested in the subject to buy it. A great book!

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.

not very helpful


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.

The book I use every day

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.

Book Details Summary: The title of this book is Semiconductor Devices and it was written by Simon M. Sze, Ming-Kwei Lee. This particular edition is in a Hardcover format. This books publish date is May 15, 2012. It was published by Wiley and has a total of 592 pages in the book . The 10 digit ISBN is 0470537949 and the 13 digit ISBN is 9780470537947. To buy this book at the lowest price, Click Here.