The past and future of semiconductors

2019-05-20 午後3.09.10

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The past and future of semiconductors

The semiconductors built into most machines today are essential to our lives. Its beginning is around 1874, and it has a history of over 100 years. Among them, semiconductors have developed at a tremendous speed. This time, we summarized the history of such semiconductor development and the prediction of future semiconductor evolution.

History of the past development of semiconductors

The semiconductor was created in 1874 by Ferdinand Brown in its most primitive form. In 1948, William Shockley invented a junction-type transistor that can be mass-produced and durable. This was a big invention that won the Nobel Prize at that time.

This led to the growth of the semiconductor industry and the evolution of computers began at a stretch. The IC (Integrated Circuit) was also invented in 1957, and it began to be used in various electric appliances because it brought about miniaturization and weight reduction.

Since then, it has contributed to the development of transistor radios, calculators, personal computers, smartphones and various other technologies. It may be said that the present convenient society could not have been without semiconductors.

Future development of semiconductors


With so much progress made in just a few hundred years from development, semiconductors are expected to achieve tremendous growth in the future. So we summarized the information related to the future semiconductors.

1. power device

Power devices are components that control and convert power. It’s amazing that you can handle larger voltages and currents than that integrated circuit. Therefore, the power loss can be greatly reduced, so the efficiency of functions can be improved and the size can be further reduced. These characteristics are considered to contribute to the improvement of fuel efficiency of hybrid cars and the further development of electric cars.



In short, MEMS is a very small system. It looks like a small rocket and is three-dimensional. The main parts are packed in this, contributing to the miniaturization of various products. Furthermore, while conventional semiconductors have been made flat, MEMs is three-dimensional, so it is possible to create different functions than before, and it is expected to further improve the performance and capacity of machines.


The beginning of semiconductors was around 1874, and it has been developing at a tremendous speed in more than a hundred and hundreds of years.

The momentum seems to continue to make our lives convenient and rich from now on with new technology without stopping.

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