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.
The book I use every day
A Customer on May 12, 2000
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 Probably a bit outdated, though physics hasn't changed much since 1985.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.
Falling a bit short in both physics and technology
By Visitor_of_universe on Jul 26, 2008
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
By Hunter on Dec 18, 2013
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!
By Engineer on Jul 18, 2013
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!
not very helpful
By Aajn on May 22, 2013
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.
'Watered" down Semiconductor Devices
By Chemil on Feb 03, 2013
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.
A great introductory overview of the principles and practise.
By R. G. W. Brown on Jun 24, 2010
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.