In this chapter, you will be introduced to the semiconductor industry with a description of the historic product and process developments and the rise of semiconductors into a major world industry. The major manufacturing stages, from material preparation to packaged product, are introduced along with the mainstream product types, transistor building structures, and the different integration levels. Industry product and processing trends are identified.

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