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The Essential Guide to Semiconductors

📅 2019-Oct-25 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 📚 Archive

Working in a company that makes graphics processors, I am bombarded everyday with semiconductor industry jargon. So, I had been on the lookout for a light source of knowledge about this industry and finally discovered it in The Essential Guide to Semiconductors written by Jim Turley.

I loved the coverage of the following topics in the book:

Other than the above topics, the book also covered the business of semiconductors, memory chips, barebones basics of microprocessor architecture and digital logic. These topics were not of much interest to me.

I must admit that this book turned out to be surprisingly fun, fast and light to read. Pretty much anyone with a technical or engineering training can pick it up and gain a good mental model of how chips are designed and manufactured. The software industry gets all the limelight, but it is simply stunning to realize how complex microprocessors having billions of transistors and multiple layers of intricate wiring to connect those transistors up are designed and manufactured without a single defect!

Jim Turley is a veteran columnist in the microprocessor field and he shares all that insider knowledge in the book. His writing experience shines in how accessible and fun this book was to read. I highly recommend this book for every non-hardware person working in the hardware industry or wishing to know how the industry works and its products are created.

Rating: 4/4