Semiconductor Transistors OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Course on Semiconductor Transistors by The Open University

Published Feb 06, 2009

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Microchips have become central to the success of the technology and electronic industries. 'The Incredible Shrinking Chip,' offered by The Open University, looks at the semiconductors short history while exposing how these chips have integrated with old technology. This undergraduate-level course is open to all students interested in learning more about semiconductors and how they've become integral to our live.

The Incredible Shrinking Chip: Course Specifics

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The Incredible Shrinking Chip: Course Description

From the modest idea of two computer engineers 50 years ago, to the production of millions every day, semiconductors have reshaped the world's use of technology. 'The Incredible Shrinking Chip,' offered in OpenCourseWare format from The Open University, begins with the meager beginnings of the small transistor chips that have now become commonplace. Students can learn about the scientific advances that have made computer chips necessary for almost every electronic device in use today. The course includes an interview from Gordon Moore, founder of Intel, featuring a discussion of the philosophies that have kept him productive for almost 30 years. The physics behind semiconductor chips are also explained in this course, along with complications and advancements that may come along in the future.

Video files, learning objectives and a list of course references are available online for free. To learn more about this free OpenCourseWare, visit the semiconductor transistors course page.

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