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Semiconductor Chips in Electronic Devices for Rapid Control

Updated on November 18, 2019
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A semiconductor is a devices having their conductivity between insulators and conductors. They have band gaps between 1ev to 4 ev. Mr Karl Braun discovered the first semiconductor diode effect, but, Dr Shockley is called the father of semiconductors. Cat whiskers were the first semiconductor devices that were patented. Diode, LEDs, phototransistors, etc. are commonly used semiconductors.
Example: Elements like Germanium and Silicon or compounds like Cadmium Selenide or Gallium Arsenide. They have a wide range of applications in the field of electronics. Semiconductors have properties like passing the current more easily in one direction, it shows variable resistance and it is sensitive to heat. Doping makes the semiconductor to vary its electrical properties.

Basically, semiconductors are classified into two different types, namely, intrinsic and extrinsic.

Intrinsic semiconductor

It is a pure form of semiconductor with the equal number of electrons and holes. The Fermi level in an intrinsic semiconductor lies between conduction and valence bands.

Normal and high power diodes
Normal and high power diodes
The diagram showing semiconductor circuit features
The diagram showing semiconductor circuit features

Extrinsic semiconductors

They are made by adding trivalent or pentavalent impurities.

N-type semiconductors

Charge carrier is electron. Fermi levels lie near conduction band.

P-type semiconductors

Charge carrier is a hole. Fermi lie near valence band.


The transistor is a semiconductor device which can switch or amplify electronic signals. It has at least three terminals for external connection.


MOSFET or metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor, is the most commonly used semiconductor transistor device, which is used to amplify signals in electric devices. Mosfet is also known as the backbone of modern electronics. It is widely used transistor both in analogue and digital circuits.
It has four terminals namely gate, source, drain, and body. Nowadays, due to the advancement in technology, it can be fabricated and designed in a single chip of very small size. This is different from other transistors, as it can be used both in digital and analogue circuits.

Types of MOSFETs

They are further classified into N-MOS and P-MOS
N-MOS or N-type MOSFET have electrons as majority charge carriers. Electrons have higher mobility than holes.
P-MOS or P-type MOSFET have holes as majority charge carriers. Holes have lower mobility compared to electrons.
N-type and P-type MOSFETs can be clubbed to make CMOS or complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor. It was first developed by Chih - Tang Sah and Frank Wanlass. This type of transistor reduces power consumption and due to this, the excess heating in integrated circuits (ICs) can be reduced.

Floating-gate MOSFET

In this type, the gate is electrically isolated which creates a floating node at DC and all other inputs or secondary gates which is above the floating gate are also electrically isolated. It is mostly used as a memory cell.
Eg: EPROM, EEPROM and flash memories.

MOS capacitors: It is a part of MOSFET where the mos capacitor is in between the p-n junction. This capacitor is used as a storage capacitor in the memory chips. They are building blocks in CCDs or charge-coupled device.
It is also used in dynamic random access memory (DRAM).

TFT or Transistor thin film

It was invented by Mr Paul K. Weimer in the year 1962 at RCA.
They are used in liquid crystal displays.


It has a vertical structure not a planar structure like other transistor devices. Since it is vertical in structure it can block both high blocking voltage as well as high current. This device is used in power electronics. It has advanced paralleling capabilities. Its switching speed is very fast. It also has a low gate drive power.
Double diffused metal oxide semiconductor or DDMOS comes under this power MOSFET and it is of two types.
VDMOS or Vertical DMOS is a special form of DMOS Transistor where we use two dopants in the drain region. These are mostly used in automotive electronics.
LDMOS or lateral DMOS is a double diffused MOSFET. It is used in the microwave, audio powered amplifiers etc.

MOS Sensors: MOS sensors can measure physical, chemical, biological and environmental parameters. The first introduced MOS sensors are OGFETs or open gate field effect transistor by Mr Johannessen and ISFETs or Ion sensitive field effect transistors by Mr Piet Bergveld.

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Power MOSFET diagram
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Applications of transistors

  • It is commonly used in the construction of different amplifiers.
  • It is used as high-speed comparators.
  • It is also used as the input stage in opamps in analogue circuits.
  • Apart from this, it can also be used as an inverter.
  • It can be used as a passive element instead of the inductor, resistor or capacitor.

Revolutionary progress is happening in the designing and inclusive product development fields in the electronic industry. Nanotechnology has made it possible to have the highest degree of integration and precision in the performance of power supply devices.

Do you agree that MOSFET control is the revolutionary landmark in electronics?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Halemane Muralikrishna


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