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15 Semiconductor Milestones That Created the Modern World

Without these semiconductor milestones and events, the modern world of technology would not exist as we know it today.

The world of semiconductor electronics has a rich if not often misunderstood history. The slideshow – in more or less chronological order - highlights only a very few of the critical milestones of this world-changing industry. It will also serve to complement the 50th Anniversary of the SEMI organization, which is one of the major institutes that has represented the industry for the last half a century.

The author would like to give thanks to all that helped in the compilation of the original list of milestones but special thanks to the following:

  • Dr. Wally Rhines, CEO of Cornami, CEO Emeritus, Mentor, a Siemens Company.
  • Craig Addison, Editor at South China Morning, former editor at SEMI
  • Pete Singer, Editor-in-Chief, Semiconductor Digest, former Editor-in-Chief of Solid State Technology (SST)

John Blyler is a Design News senior editor, covering the electronics and advanced manufacturing spaces. With a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering, he has years of hardware-software-network systems experience as an editor and engineer within the advanced manufacturing, IoT and semiconductor industries. John has co-authored books related to system engineering and electronics for IEEE, Wiley, and Elsevier.

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